An Arabian stallion in very poor condition as well as a gelding have been seized due to apparent neglect.
According to a spokesperson for the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, animal control officers responded to a call in the 3000 block of Agnes Circle west of Springtown on Wednesday, June 19, after a concerned citizen reported a horse had injured itself attempting to jump through a fence and had wandered onto her property.
Animal control officers arrived on scene and discovered a gray Arabian stallion in a state of obvious malnourishment, dehydrated, and suffering multiple scrapes and several deep cuts, which were infected.
The horse was immediately transported to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The horse’s condition was considered extreme, but veterinarian staff reported the horse, dubbed “Sam,” is expected to survive.
Sam is being given antibiotics as well as medications to manage his pain.
Officers discovered Sam had escaped from a nearby property, where they located another horse. Officers obtained a warrant for that property and seized the second horse, a black gelding, nicknamed “Jack,” for safekeeping.
A veterinarian evaluated Jack’s condition Friday, June 21 and determined he was slightly malnourished. Jack also had cacti embedded in his facial area, but was not otherwise injured. Jack does not appear to be as malnourished as Sam.
According to a press release, a single bale of rotten hay and a small, stagnant stock tank were the horses’ only source of nourishment at the property where they were seized.
As of Tuesday, June 25, no one had come forward to claim either horse. Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying Sam and Jack and their possible owners.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said this is the second horse neglect case within a week.
“We can not stress the importance of taking proper care of animals,” Fowler said. “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.”
Sheriff Fowler also encourages the public to contact authorities if animal neglect is suspected.
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