The Humane Society of North Texas is investigating new allegations of animal cruelty, this time involving three horses that have been seized from property in far southeast Fort Worth.
HSNT officials said in a news release that they were called on Wednesday to a 1.5-acre pasture to investigate neighbors' reports about three "extremely underweight" horses.
Tarrant County Sheriff's deputies participated, HSNT officials said.
The pasture, according to the news release, was "comprised of dirt and weeds with no access to water or food."
"In an attempt to find a food source, the horses had gnawed the wood on the trees, chewed boards inside the barn completely in half and strained to reach grass in the neighbors pasture," the officials added. "In addition to a lack of food and water, the barn stalls where the horses were living were layered with dried feces, trash and debris, posing additional health risks to the horses."
Deputies secured a seizure warrant on Thursday, the HSNT said.
"The three horses are now in the care of HSNT staff," officials said. "The court hearing for this case has been set for May 9and HSNT staff will be among the witnesses testifying to the abuse they witnessed on the property," officials said in the news release.
-- Bill Miller