A 57-year-old Bruceville man has been arrested on charges of cruelty to livestock animals in connection with a group of horses seized by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
Investigators obtained the arrest warrant for Rogelio Garcia and he was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the McLennan County Jail.
The arrest affidavit alleges that Garcia did “knowingly or intentionally fail unreasonably to provide necessary food, water or shelter for a livestock animal in the person’s custody.”
The court papers state that on April 6, seven horses were seized from Garcia at 1172 South Agnes Wills Road in Bruceville and that the horses were malnourished and/or sick.
The horses were taken to another farm for safekeeping and to be evaluated.
The paperwork states that a veterinarian checked and evaluated the seven horses and and rated each one on a scale of 1 to ten, 1 being dead, 2 being near death and 9 being healthy.
Three of the horses scored a 2 and two of the horses scored a 3.
Another scored a 4 and the last scored a 5.
The vet stated that the horses were not being fed and what they did eat was not nutritious.
He also said that four of the horses would not have lived much longer without proper care and agreed that they had been neglected.