76 Arabian Horses Seized in Texas

The operator of a Texas horse breeding farm was arrested after law enforcement authorities removed 76 allegedly neglected horses from his ranch on Friday.

Denton County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the horses at the Renazans Arabians ranch in Pilot Point, Texas, after a caller complained about their condition.

Tom Reedy, public information officer for the Denton County Sheriff's Department, said the horses were extremely emaciated with no apparent access to food or water, and were housed in filthy stalls.

Seized Arabian horse

One of the horses removed from Renazans Arabians ranch in Pilot Point.

"Some of the horses were standing in 6 to 8 inches of urine and feces," he said.

Ranch operator Gordon Dennis Key turned himself over to police on Saturday. He is free on bond.

Key faces Class A misdemeanor cruelty to livestock charges, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He was unavailable for comment. A hearing regarding the horses' custody is slated for Aug. 26, Reedy said.

Meanwhile, the horses are residing at a private ranch and the Pilot Point Livestock Sales Barn. The Humane Society of North Texas is supervising their rehabilitative care. The agency seeks hay, equipment, and other donations.

Visit hsnt.org or call 817/332-4768, ext. 115 to contribute.

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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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