Fort Worth man charged with animal cruelty

Posted Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A 65-year-old man was charged Monday with cruelty to livestock animals following the seizure last month of four horses from his southeast Fort Worth home.

Otis Wayne Sheppard was arrested Friday. He remained held Tuesday in the Mansfield jail.

According to a police report, Animal Care and Control employees had executed a search warrant and seized four horses from Sheppard’s home and an adjacent lot in the 3100 block of Glen Garden Drive North on May 19.

The employees had requested that police accompany them on the seizure after the owner had allegedly told them the previous day that he had a pistol and would use it if he needed to, the report states.

Sgt. Kelly Peel, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said Sheppard had used tree limbs and brush to confine the horses in one particular corner of his property.

“The confinement of the horses denied them food and water,” Peel said.

Peel said the horses were examined by a veterinarian and determined to be malnourished. In addition, Peel said, one horse was found to have a significant injury from a rope around its neck.

The charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in state jail.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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