Texas Groups Win Custody of 57 Seized Horses

A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May 9.

Hopkins County law enforcement authorities and volunteers from the True Blue Animal Rescue and the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society seized the animals from owner Carol Paselk. Bluebonnet President Jennifer Williams, PhD, said the horses were malnourished, living in filth, and in need of veterinary and farrier care.

On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Yvonne King ruled that the horses were neglected and that rescue groups should continue providing rehabilitative care until the horses can be placed in adoptive homes. Paselk was unavailable for comment.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The rescuers are seeking contributions to help offset the cost of the horses' care. For more information, visit Bluebonnetequine.org and T-bar.org.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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