(Houston) – Four horses were removed from a Licking family after deputies with the Texas County Sheriff’s Office and an official from the US Department of Agriculture deemed that the horses were sick and needed immediate attention.
A report from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office says that officers responded to the property on Highway 32 on June 15 after receiving a number of complaints about the condition of several horses there. A veterinarian determined that one of the horses was in critical condition and three others were also in declining health. It was decided with the owner that the four ill horses would be fostered out to a Mountain Grove woman, who picked them up that same evening and took them to her farm.
The ill horses will be checked over the next couple of weeks to see if their health is improving, and the owner was advised that if he could find a suitable place for the horses, the sheriff’s department would help arranging their return.