Ranch Hand Arrested in Texas Horse Deaths

A ranch worker was arrested on multiple animal cruelty counts for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas.  

Parker County law enforcement authorities discovered 10 horses dead in their pasture on July 1. One was euthanized on the scene. Investigators found another 29 horses suffering from extreme dehydration.

According to Parker County Attorney John Forrest, Eleodoro Olivo will be charged with 11 counts of Class A misdemeanor cruelty to non-livestock animals.

"He was the foreman in charge of the animals and he failed to provide food, water, and care for the horses while they were under his care," Forrest said.

If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and fines up to $4,000 for each count.

The horses' owner Joe Landers said Olivo was discharged from further duties.

(Editor's note: this story was updated at 4:40 p.m. July 13 to clarify details of the charges.)

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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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