Despite haunting images of a malnourished horse in Baylor County with protruding ribs, at this time, no animal cruelty charges are set to be filed against the owner.
The North Texas Humane Society from Fort Worth loaded up four malnourished horses earlier Thursday at the home of a former Baylor County sheriff’s deputy and current resource officer for Seymour Independent School District Charles Landers.
“It made me feel sick. I actually didn’t sleep that night,” horse advocate Laura Clark said.
After a video surfaced on Facebook of severely malnourished horses in Baylor County, Clark couldn’t believe what she saw.
“The problem that we have here is, and there is a problem in north-central Texas, there have been four recent cases of starvation, neglect of horses,” Clark said.
Clark said when she saw the video she reached out to a local horse rescue group for help, but the rescue came too late to save at least one of the nine horses on the property, which was on the ground and finally was euthanized by a veterinarian called to the scene.
“This is something that I’m very passionate about. My daughter and I volunteered at a rescue and so we would see the horses come in and we saw these horses, we helped care for them,” Clark said.
The North Texas Humane Society from Fort Worth was on hand as surrendered some of his oldest or weakest horses voluntarily. He said he tried many things to get them to feel better like increasing their diet, but nothing worked.
“We may never have known why they won’t keep the weight on. I increased their diet. So, this seemed like the best option,” Landers said.
At this time no criminal charges are filed, but animal advocates like Clark hope a story like this never happens again.
When asked why he wouldn’t euthanize the horses himself, Landers said he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Baylor County sheriff said an investigation and report is underway, and the case will be reviewed and kept open.