HCSO: Neglected horses recovering, to be auctioned

Nearly one dozen horses seized from a home in the 100 block of Carey earlier this month have been awarded to the Howard County Sheriff's Office by the courts and will be auctioned later this week, according to law enforcement officials.Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said the horses have been awarded to the HCSO and are doing well, and according to the veterinarian currently caring for the animals, are expected to make a full recovery.“They are in pretty good shape. According to the vet, they just need to be fed and taken care of,” Parker said. “We just need to get them good, caring homes so they can fully recover from everything.”Parker said an auction will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Big Spring Animal Control Shelter, located at 3605 E. 11th Place, The horses were seized from a property in the 100 block of Carey, just outside of the city limits, March 7 after deputies responded to a citizen's complaint the horses weren't being properly cared for.“When deputies arrived on the scene they discovered 12 horses in all. One of the horses, unfortunately, was already on the ground and in really bad shape,” Parker said. “A veterinarian was called to the scene and it appeared the animal was suffering from the advanced stages of malnutrition. It's not something you ever want to have to do, but the animal had to be euthanized.”The remaining 11 horses were confiscated. Parker said the conditions at the property where the horses were being kept were far from ideal.“There wasn't any feed or water for the animals and it was pretty obvious they hadn't been cared for in quite some time,” Parker said.Charges have been filed with the Howard County Attorney's office against the horses previous owner, Juan Moreno, for cruelty to livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor. However, an arrest warrant has not been issued at this time, according to law enforcement officials.Parker said area residents interested in purchasing the horses should come to the auction prepared to transport the animals home.“Bring your money and your horse trailer,” Parker said. “Folks should be ready to transport the horses from the animal shelter the same day they purchase them. These really are some beautiful horses, and they deserve loving homes. I feel like it's going to be a win-win situation.”For more information on the auction, contact the Howard County Sheriff's Office at 264-2244.