Humane Society of North Texas staff members took custody of 17 malnourished horses this week, including two headed to Mexico for slaughter, an official said Thursday.
Those two were found in Montague County. One, whom the staff is calling Teaspoon, needs a sling to stand, Philip Gonzalez, an agency official, said Thursday.
Teaspoon “was found lying down along with another horse,” Gonzalez said. “They were too weak to get up.”
Fifteen malnourished horses were discovered on property in Hill County this week. The owner allowed the Humane Society to move the horses to Decatur, where they are being cared for.
Officials did not release any information on the owners.
Authorities acted on tips about the sick horses.
Gonzalez said the horse found with Teaspoon was improving and can stand.
“With Teaspoon, he’s still got a ways to go,” he said. “They stand him up, but he goes back down. He still needs the sling to stand.”
The North Texas agency recently rescued almost 200 donkeys, ponies, mules and horses that were headed to Mexico for slaughter. So far this year in the region, almost 600 animals have been rescued.
Donations such as hay, feed, feed, fly spray, big barn fans, alfalfa hay and coastal hay are needed to care for the horses seized this week. Donations can be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, at http://www.hsnt.org, by mail to 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103 or by phone at 817-332-4768, ext. 132.
Humane Society officials estimate that they help more than 25,000 animals each year in North Texas.
Livestock and equine fundraiser
The Humane Society of North Texas is hosting its first Silver Burro Jamboree from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday at the River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The event features live music, food and a silent auction.
Proceeds will go to the agency’s equine and livestock program.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at http://www.hsnt.org or call 817-332-4768.
Source: Humane Society of North Texas