More Than 200 Horses Seized from Texas Holding Area

More than 200 allegedly maltreated horses are in the custody of Texas law enforcement authorities after being removed from a holding pen in Presido.

Marge Hughes, assistant to Presido County Judge Paul Hunt, said that on Aug. 9, Presido County Sheriff Danny Dominguez removed the horses from a holding pen located near the Texas/Mexico border. The horses were awaiting transport to a processing plant in Mexico, Hughes said.

Hughes said that the seizure stemmed from a complaint filed by equine welfare advocate Ray Fields, executive director of the Wild Horse Foundation (WHF), against an employee of the C4 Cattle Company.

"The (employee) is accused to mistreating the horses; starving them, not giving them water and exposing them to the sun," Hughes said.

According to the WHF website, the seized animals were among 1,500 horses and 600 head of cattle located in the holding area leased to the C4 Cattle Co. at the time of the horses' removal.

"The horses are now at the (Presido County) fairgrounds and are being well taken care of," Hughes said.

No one from the C4 Cattle Co. was available to comment on the seizure.

A hearing in the case will take place on Aug. 12 in Justice of the Peace Court, Hughes said.

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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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