Horse recovering

A young palomino mare slowly eats at Santa Fe Equine Associates on Wednesday. Two of the five horses seized in Texas City on Tuesday are being cared for at the veterinary practice.


KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News

TEXAS CITY — Police have interviewed a suspect about the five horses seized from West Texas City, stable but no charges have been filed. 

On Tuesday, Texas City police took five horses from a stable on the 800 block of North Orchid near the Kohfeldt Park riding arena. Two of the horses were so malnourished they had to be carried out on sleds and taken to an equine veterinarian in Santa Fe for treatment. 

“We feel like we are making progress,” said Texas City police Capt. Joe Stanton. 

Stanton confirmed that police had a suspect who was cooperating and had been interviewed. 

Stanton said the next step is to wait for a hearing before Justice of The Peace Darrell Apffel to find out where the horses will go. 

The hearing to determine whether the horses had been treated cruelly or abandoned — and who would retain custody of the horses — is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Apffel’s court, 2516 Texas Ave. in Texas City. 

The horses are under the care of Habitat for Horses. The rescue organization received a tip about the horses and passed the information along to the Texas City police. 

The two horses in worst condition — both mares that were 300 to 400 pounds underweight — were doing well, said Susan Moore, lead investigator for Habitat for Horses.

After not being able to stand on their own when taken to Santa Fe Equine Associates, both horses were up on their feet, she said. 

“We took the other three in today and had them checked out,” Moore said. Those three are at the Habitat for Horses facility in Hitchcock. 

The horses will stay there until the judge’s ruling, Moore said. The judge could give the organization permanent custody. 

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or

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J. Shaffer

The owners have shown callous disregard for the condition of the horses. They need to be relinquished to Habitat for Horses so they can be rehabilitated and adopted by people who will give them the care and attention they so richly deserve.

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