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 MyCenTx.com, 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)