Seymour horse owner, Danielle Kehl, said she went out to her pasture and found her gate lock cut and her horses missing on Monday after the Seymour Police Department seized four horses from the property.
Kehl said she kept her horses at her mother and step-father’s property along Tackitt Street.
“I rescued the red and the gray from a slaughter house in Oklahoma,” Kehl said.
Kehl said she has never had a run in with police and no animals have ever been taken from her care.
“I am not going to lie, I got a little irate because I don’t starve animals,” Kehl said. “Never have. Never will.”
The Seymour Police Department said they received several complaints concerning the condition of the horses.
Police, Animal Control officials and a local veterinarian say they found the horses to be in poor health, so they contacted Kehl about the situation at the beginning of the month.
“Only thing I can think of …. is that the mare that just had the baby she was thin, but like I said, she just had a baby,” Kehl said.
Kehl said one of the horses gave birth over the weekend and she said that is the only horse who may have appeared thin.
She said she was working to address that.
“I upped her fat content and everything and then I was going to call the vet Monday, but I didn’t get a chance to call the vet to do anything with her,” Kehl said. “They took them before I had a chance to call anybody.”
Police said they discovered the horse had given birth on Monday and they said the situation had not improved, so they took the animals under a civil seizure order.
“It bothers me that I don’t know that my animals are being taken care of, ’cause I don’t know where they are at,” Kehl said.
Police said the animals are currently under professional care, pending the court’s decision. The civil hearing will be on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Baylor County Court House.
The police department says the information gathered during their investigation will also be submitted for possible criminal charges.