Tarrant County Officers Should be Charged with Neglect

September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Buy a cow, get a one-eyed horse for free.

Did you hear the one about the heifer and the one-eyed horse?

Not only is this poor horse a stallion, but he’s emaciated, and only has one eye.

What is wrong with this picture?  I mean, aside from basically giving him away at an auction?  What’s wrong is the fact that the sheriffs department had this horse for approximately five months, and quite obviously haven’t been able to put weight on him.

The photo is apparently from August 12th.

They posted photos that literally prove they neglected this horse.

According to one local:

Tarrant Co. has a mounted patrol, and a lot of the deputes in this department have horses. Several of them actively show and/or rodeo.

What this means is that there are at least several deputies with the general knowledge needed to care for a horse.  They probably also have vets they use who I’m sure they could call for advice.

And according to another local:

They approached us (and other rescues), but I know we didn’t have space. They told us he was not halter broke, not easy to handle/work around and aggressive. My foster homes who could handle that type of horse (including myself) are full. I offered to fund the cost of euthanasia since he would be a very hard horse to find a home for. They didn’t want to euthanize (with all the emphasis on ‘no kill’ in small animals, I’m finding that sheriff’s departments are leery of euthanaizing a horse).

I DID NOT KNOW he was in poor condition. I was told he was in good shape and had not been sent pictures.

From the news article:

Chief Deputy Jay Six said the one-eyed stallion, believed to be about 20 years old, is a stray that the department impounded in March.

“He is fairly old but very sweet and doesn’t cause any problems,” Six said. “He’s just not very pretty.”

Six said that when the department is called to pick up livestock, the state permits three courses of action: convert the animal for the department’s use, sell it at an auction or donate it to a charitable cause.

“We’ve attempted to auction him and that didn’t work,” Six said. “We’ve contacted charitable organizations and they have declined. Our deputies already have horses, and we can’t use him for ourselves.”

Six said “putting the horse down” is not an option because nothing is physically wrong with the animal.

Livestock are normally sold online or auctioned separately from cars, Beacham said, but the department wanted to try something different this year.

Pairing the horse with a young heifer is an attempt to increase its odds of being sold, Beacham said.

“The cow is real friendly, it will follow you around like a puppy,” Beacham said. “The horse needs some attention. He’s got some miles on him.”

Six said even though the horse is old and one-eyed, it would still make a good companion for the right person.

“That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make someone a sweet pet,” Six said. “He’s not sick; he’s just not in the prime of his life anymore.”

I’m ready to get lambasted…

They should have put that horse down.

According to another story, the cow and horse did get purchased, and apparently went to a good home as far as anyone can tell.  So there was a happy ending.  Hopefully.

But that horse has been neglected long enough.  It was neglected when the deputies picked it up.  And it was neglected while in their care.  And instead of neglecting it for a further five months, I would have preferred to see it humanely euthanized.

Seriously?

Photo from Auction Website

According to the new owner:

‘That horse is in bad shape. He’s got a fungus, split hooves and his ribs are showing,’ he said. ‘But we’re going to try to get him back into shape. He’s got a home now.’

I sincerely hope he has found a good home.

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