50 horses seized, 20 dead at 'concentration camp' ranch in Texas
A rescue ranch in North Texas received complaints about the living conditions for the animals residing there. The sheriff's department in coordination with the Human Society of North Texas, investigated and ended up seizing 47 malnourished horses, five donkeys, six dogs and a rabbit.
Investigators obtained a seizure warrant for the Thunderfoot Equine Rescue and Rehab Ranch near Grandview. What they found lead them to be immediately concerned.
“These animals depend on humans,” said HCSD Chief Deputy Rick White. “There was no running water, there was no food, no hay.”
“It was a concentration camp,” Sandy Shelby, executive director of the Humane Society of North Texas explained, “When you create starvation and suffering, that’s pretty much an equal comparison.”
Investigators also found 20 graves for dead horses, with some only partially buried with bones showing out of the ground.
The woman who ran the ranch faces potential charges of animal cruelty for each animal in the case, with a possible 70 cases against her.
The chief deputy explained the horses have been transferred to various veterinarians and care facilities under the water of the humane society.