UPDATE: The Parker County Sheriff's Office announced they had located the owners of the horses Thursday evening.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the owner(s) of 10 horses and one donkey held on a private citizen’s property near Jaybird Lane in Springtown.
The property owner stated the horses showed up on his land earlier this week, possibly by crossing over a nearby creek. The horses appear to be well-fed and in good health.
“We’re looking to locate the owner to claim the horses,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler. “The shelter facility is becoming overloaded.”
Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers will be transporting the horses to the animal shelter next week until the owners can be located.
Fowler added if the horses go unclaimed for more than 16 days, they will be sold at public auction online at www.texasauctionrealty.com.
The horses are described as a red appaloosa mare; a brown, white and black tri-colored Tobiano paint mare; a black mare with a white star, a palomino mare, two sorrels stallions, one sorrel mare, two dun mares, one dun stallion, and one grey and red jenny donkey.
Additionally, there are five Holstein and Jersey dairy-cross bulls currently located at the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter on 403 Hickory Lane Weatherford, Texas 76086. The bulls were picked up from a loose livestock call at the intersection of Poe Prairie Road and FM 113 South last week. All of the bulls appear to yearlings. The bulls have been in the custody of the Sheriff’s Animal Control for more than a week, and the deadline for claim is approaching within the next 10 days. If the bulls are not claimed by the last week of June, they will also be placed for public auction online as well.
To claim the livestock, contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.
“The amount of Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers loose livestock calls have increased significantly over the several years,” said Sheriff Fowler. “We are asking the public to maintain a proper livestock fence line on your property and scan the perimeter often looking for openings and hazards. If you see a stray, report it to the Sheriff’s Office, to prevent accidents.”
The Sheriff added anyone who recognizes the horses in the photos is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office to claim them or report the proper owner(s).