Warrant Issued in Texas Horse Deaths

Law enforcement authorities in Texas have obtained an arrest warrant for the caretaker of nine horses that died in Parker County last week.

On Aug. 12 Parker County Sheriff's Deputies and animal control personnel discovered the carcasses of six mares, one gelding, and one filly on a property near Weatherford. Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Deputy Danie Huffman said that no water, feed, or hay was found on the property. Another gelding was discovered alive and transported to a local veterinary facility for treatment; however, that animal was later euthanized due to liver and renal failure, Huffman said.

On Aug. 15 the Sheriff's department obtained a warrant or the arrest of the horses' caretaker, Linda K. Pharis, Huffman said.

Pharis was unavailable for comment.

Huffman said that under the warrant Pharis is charged with cruelty to livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted she faces up to two years in county jail, Huffman said.

On Aug. 16 the chief clerk for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Court Judge Kelly Green said the warrant had not yet been executed and declined to disclose further details about the case.

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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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