THREE EMACIATED HORSES ABANDONED IN HOPKINS COUNTY – SULPHUR SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BLUEBONNET EQUINE HUMANE SOCIETY SEARCHING FOR OWNERS
(August 5, 2009; Sulphur Springs, Texas) On August 2, 2009, Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society Neglect/Abuse Investigator and Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Kim Simpson received a phone call stating three emaciated horses had been abandoned at a local veterinarian’s office. According to the clinic’s staff, when they arrived that morning, they found three emaciated mares left in a paddock. Simpson transported the horses to a safe holding facility where they’ll be evaluated and rehabilitated.
Abandoning a horse is a crime, punishable by jail time as well as fines. The Sulphur Springs Police Department is now searching for the owners of these horses. All three are sorrel or chestnut mares in very poor condition. If you know who these horses may belong to, please contact Kim Simpson at 903-885-7602.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society President & Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Williams states that the abandoned horses create a problem for the organization. “We’ve been involved in two large neglect cases in Hopkins County in the past two and a half months, and our foster homes are full – squeezing in an additional three starving horses is tough. We’re not going to be able to continue helping horses in Hopkins County and across the state without some help. We need to find adopters for the horses who have been rehabilitated and foster homes for those who still need care.”
Court proceedings were held in Hopkins County on August 5, 2009. Since no owner had stepped forward to claim the horses, all three horses were awarded to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. The organization will rehabilitate the horses and place them with adopters once they are healthy.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is currently working to develop a program to help owners re-home horses they can no longer keep. Anyone who can no longer provide for their horse is urged to contact their local animal shelter, sheriff’s department or horse rescue.
Anyone wishing to help Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society by making a donation, adopting a horse or becoming a foster home can contact the rescue at (888) 542 5163 or by visiting their website at www.bluebonnetequine.org.