County Caring for Malnourished Horses Until Court of Appeals Ruling Made

Published 04/04 2014 04:35PM

Updated 04/04 2014 04:39PM

Clay County's attorney is awaiting a ruling from the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth before he moves forward with the case involving 30 malnourished horses.

On Wednesday, a 97th District Court jury determined horse owner Byron Brehmer acted unreasonably by depriving the horses of food, water, and care.

Brehmer testified he was having a financial hardship and thought he was feeding the animals plenty.

Before the trial even began, Brehmer's attorney filed paperwork with the Court of Appeals, claiming County Judge Kenny Liggett didn't have jurisdiction to have a trial because it happened after a 10 day deadline set forth by health and safety code in relation to animal seizures.

Until the court's ruling, Clay County will continue to take care of the horses.

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