Parker County officers search for owner of malnourished horse

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Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a horse found extremely malnourished, dehydrated and with several infected deep cuts.

A Springtown woman reported Wednesday that the horse, a gray Arabian stallion, was wandering on her property and had injured itself after apparently jumping through her fence.

Animal control officers with the Parker County Sheriff’ Department responded and found that the stallion was “obviously malnourished, dehydrated and had suffered multiple scrapes and several deep cuts were were infected,” according to a press release by the sheriff’s department.

The horse was taken to a local veterinarian. It is expected to survive but is on antibiotics and pain medication, the release states.

Animal control officers determined that the horse, dubbed “Sam, had escaped from a nearby property. Officers obtained a warrant for the property and seized a second horse, a black gelding nicknamed “Jack.” That horse, which had some cacti embedded in its facial area, will be examined by a vet today but is suspected to be only slightly malnourished, the release states.

At the property, animal control officers found only a single rotten bale of hay.

“The only water source on the property was a small stock tank which was very low and appeared to be stagnant,” the release states.

Authorities say no one has come forward to claim either horse. Deputy Danie Huffman, a spokeswoman for the department, said it has not been confirmed whether the property owner owns the horses.

In the release, Sheriff Larry Fowler encouraged the public to contact authorities if animal neglect is suspected.

“We can not stress the importance of taking proper care of animals,” Fowler stated. “The heat of summer requires extra care and attention which horses need. We caution all animal owners to provide adequate food, shelter and a constant clean water source for all animals.”

Anyone with information about the two horses and their owner is asked to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.

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

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