Several horses are now in the care of an area veterinary clinic after the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office seized them from an east Lubbock County home.
The Sheriff's Office began the investigation after neighbors complained about a pile of dead horses on a property off of County Road 2930 last week. The owners were given until Sept. 30 to remove six dead horses, but on Friday deputies returned with a warrant to remove five of the living horses still on the property.
A local veterinarian made the recommendation to the Sheriff's Office that led to the removal of the five horses. They will remain under the care of Brillhart Veterinary Clinic until the investigation is concluded.
Maxey Reasoner owns farmland that lines the back of the property being investigated. The pile of dead horses was found right along Reasoner's fence line. Today that area is littered with hundreds of animal bones.
"You drive by here and see a bunch of poor horses. You can't help but notice if there is a foul odor and more times than not you find out it's dead animals," Reasoner said.
The investigation only started a few weeks ago, but Reasoner says this problem has been going on for years. "It's not a matter of being a problem; it's a matter of when it's going to happen again. Nothing's being done," Reasoner said.
Only a handful of horses remained on the property Wednesday, but for Reasoner that's still too many. "There have been problems of starvation out there. It's animal neglect," he said. "It's just not fair to the animals."
The Sheriff's Office would not discuss the ongoing investigation, but said there have not been any criminal charges filed against the owners at this time. The five horses will remain at the vet clinic until the investigation is complete.
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