New Charges Filed in Texas Neglect Case

The owner of nine horses that died allegedly due to lack of water in Parker County, Texas, earlier this month is now facing animal cruelty charges.

On Aug. 12 Parker County Sheriff's Deputies and animal control personnel discovered the carcasses of six mares, one gelding, and one filly dead on a property near Weatherford, Tex. 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 and testing where he 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. 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.

Pharis was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Huffman said that on Aug. 19, Sheriff's deputies arrested the horses' owner, Keith Hall. Hall is charged with misdemeanor cruelty to livestock animals. He was freed on Aug 20 after posting bond.

Hall was unavailable for comment.

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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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