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April 4, 2012

The HSUS Assists in Rescue of Severely Abused Horses in Texas

All three horses now receiving care at Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center in East Texas

Three severely neglected horses have been taken in by The Humane Society of the United States after Constable Dennis Taylor’s Office seized them pursuant to a court order finding that the owner’s mistreatment of the horses violated the Texas Health and Safety Code. The horses, all Tennessee Walking Horses under the age of 5, were extremely malnourished and had several untreated wounds and overgrown hooves.

The court has granted custody and control of the horses to The HSUS, which will rehabilitate and provide medical care for the three horses at its Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, which is part of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, operated by The HSUS and The Fund for Animals in Murchison, Texas. The Pegasus Project, Inc., a nonprofit horse rescue group in East Texas, also dedicated time and effort to ensuring The HSUS would get custody of the horses.

The authorities in Lindale, Texas, began investigating the alleged owner of the horses after receiving calls from concerned neighbors that the horses were living in deplorable living conditions and looked sickly thin. When officers arrived on the scene, the horses were in terrible condition, suffering from sores on their mouths and lameness. All were extremely underweight. One horse had chains strapped to his ankles.

“We were appalled by how badly these horses were suffering from malnourishment and lack of care,” said Ben Callison, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. “The Humane Society of the United States is glad to provide these horses with a safe home where they will finally get the medical attention, food, water and shelter they deserve.”

“These horses were in the worst condition I’ve seen in years,” said Constable Dennis Taylor. “I am extremely thankful to The Humane Society of the United States for caring for these horses and trying to find them new homes.”

The investigation of the alleged owner of the horses is currently ongoing. Once the horses are rehabilitated and are in good health, they will be evaluated by the trainers at the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center with the goal of adopting them to loving homes.

* Photos of the horses in this case are available to media through contact below.

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Media Contacts: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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