FOX44 recently reported about two major animal seizures in McLennan County resulting in the arrests of four people. And according to the man who takes care of all the seized animals in the county, the animals are doing a lot better.
“They were in really, really bad shape. I know they were hungry, so now they are doing real good,” says Riesel landowner Clarence Holder.
The recovering horses, cows and dogs are what remain of the 25+ animals seized over the last two weeks. After they were found malnourished and sick, some didn’t make it.
“The vet evaluates them one through five, and most of them were a two or three,” Holder says. “If you have a two or a three, that’s pretty bad shape.”
Some of the animals’ ribs can still be seen, but Clarence has been taking care of them. His ranch in Riesel is where seized animals have been brought to by McLennan County authorities for over 30 years.
“Every animal you see here belongs to the county,” Holder says. “The judge has the say so on where the animal has to go. The judge tells the owner when they can have them back, so the owner has to go to the county.”
Two men from Bryan came to pick up their horses after they found out they were seized while being held for training in Lorena.
“Well, we’re glad to get them back. We were worried about them because we heard about the incident that was going on. So, we’re just glad we got them,” says horse owner Lydell Simons.
Holder hopes people will learn from these cases.
“If you know somebody that loves animals and can take care of them, call the Humane Society. If you don’t and they get like these other horses, you’re going to be in trouble. They don’t need to go back to were they came from, no ma’am. They need to go to someone who really wants to care about them,” says Holder.
The Sheriff’s Department says Trentin Bolden and Keirstin Perkins were arrested on charges of animal cruelty after complaints from neighbors in China Spring. At least four animals were found dead. Deputies seized over 20 horses and calves on March 29. A third person faces a misdemeanor complaint connected to the seizures.