POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1:04pm
SHREVEPORT, LA (KTAL) — Seasons may be passing, but the problem of neglected horses lingers in Bowie County, Texas.
"The problem is getting worse. We're later in the winter. There's no grass growing," said Chief Deputy Larry Parker with the Bowie County Sheriff's office.
The department seized 19 "malnourished" horses in the past three weeks across the county.
Parker says the animals weren't being fed and "were starving to death." Warrants have been issued for the owners, as an adoption event is planned for this weekend to find the animals new homes.
Parker says the sheriff's office wants to make sure the horses find a safe home, which is why anyone adopting the horses will fill out an application form, with contact information for them to follow up.
"We don't want to take them away from one bad circumstance and put them in another. We will follow up and make sure the animals are cared for," Parker said.
Maud resident Dennis Hogan says it's disheartening to hear continued reported cases of cruelty.
"I know everyone wants to own a horse or wants to own an animal. I think that's a wonderful thing. But it should be a responsible thing also," Hogan said.
The horse adoption is scheduled at H-and-H Auction this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Simms, Texas.
Applications to adopt the horses can be found at the Bowie County Sheriff's office.