Nearly 50 Starving and Suffering Horses Rescued From ‘Sanctuary’ in Texas

On Tuesday, dozens of starving horses were rescued from property in Hill County, Texas. The malnourished horses were living in deplorable conditions – and they were slowing starving to death, reported CBS DFW News.

Nearly 50 horses were removed from the property – the horses were supposed to be in the care of a horse sanctuary located at 173 Hill County Road, near Itasca, which was operating under the name of Thunderfoot Equine and Rescue. Thanks to a joint effort between the Humane Society of North Texas, and the Hill County Sheriff’s Department, the surviving horses now have the chance to recuperate from the severe neglect which left them in pitiful condition.


Sandy Shelby, the executive director of the Humane Society of North Texas, described the deplorable existence the horses were suffering in, “It was a concentration camp…when you create starvation and suffering that’s pretty much an equal comparison.” In addition to the dozens of starving horses, 20 dead horses were discovered in graves on the property. One of the horses taken from the “sanctuary” was in such poor condition that it died just one day after the rescue effort – the survival of others is questionable.



According to, it is “unknown” why the woman was starving the horses. The woman, whose name has not yet been released, could face multiple counts of animal cruelty.

One day after the horses were removed from the property, the Humane Society of North Texas reached out to Facebook followers about the situation:

Yesterday HSNT worked with the Hill County Sheriff’s Department to rescue 50 horses from starvation. It is only because of the generosity of our supporters, that HSNT is able to provide happy endings for so many animals that have suffered from neglect. The costs of rehabilitation for animals coming from this type of situation are staggering and your support is needed more than ever.

Individuals interested in making a donation can mail contributions to:

Humane Society of North Texas
Attn: Donor Services
1840 E. Lancaster Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Or online at this link.

(Photos via screenshots San Antonio Express/CBS DFW)



Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Sandy says:

    Taking care of the horses now is priority… Punishment will soon to come those responsible for this unexcusable and h thinkable situation….. I have no tolerance for human ignorance and or neglect…. But those horses need to be the priority and thank you to all of those who are doing so… Tour compassionate dn dedication is overwhelming…. God bless all of you.

  2. Linda Arnett says:

    Horrible. I wonder if this was operating as a charity and soliciting contributions. I can’t wait to see a picture of the operators because I imagine they’re overweight while these precious animals were starving to death. I hope prison will be their next home and the courts prevent them from ever owning another animal any of any kind. Despicable, disgusting and pure evil.

  3. Susan cooper says:

    Words fail me ??

  4. diane danielson says:

    jail who ever did this, praying the horses survive thank you all who are helping them

  5. Karon Tank says:

    I do not understand why one would not ask for help. Your pride, your reputation mean nothing. The life of those depending on you mean everything.

  6. Elaine Whinston says:

    This is horrendous! I hope those responsible will be punished severely.

  7. Anna Lasota says:

    The “woman” (monster) who did this needs to be in prison for LIFE! There needs to be harsher punishment for neglect and abuse like this or no one else will learn their lesson. No human who is capable of doing this belongs on the same streets as us. This is cruelty at its finest. I am disgusted by the pictures. I can’t imagine even being there. They should make the judges witness this first hand to understand why the harshest punishment possible should be envoked.

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