Seven local horses that were rescued from locations in Robstown and Bee County are on their way to recovery. The horses had been seized and later awarded to Habitat for Horses, a rescue organization.
The horses have been recovering at a secret South Texas ranch, and on Friday morning, the horses departed to make their way to a bigger, better-staffed Habitat for Horses Ranch in Dickinson, south of Houston.
Authorities in Robstown and Bee County seized the horses because they were not being taken care of properly by their owners.
It was October of last year when authorities seized the horses from Robstown, and just back in August, more horses were seized from Bee County.
Dottie Clower of Habitat for Horses is responsible for rescuing the horses, and she has been taking care of them at a secret rehab and holding facility.
Clower said the improvement in the condition of the horses has been slow to see, and the horses are just now getting to the point where they will begin showing their weight gain. She said it takes a lot of work to nurse the animals back to health. It requires a lot of hay, feed, time and care.
So what should you do if you have a horse but cannot maintain it?
"The first thing they can do is they can call and get help or try to find help. There are people that are willing to donate hay. If people really care about their animals, they can find help," Clower said. "People that are looking to find help for their horses, they can try to find a rescue. If they're willing to give them up, a rescue would be willing to take them."
Clower said that, unfortunately, because of drought conditions and a rough economy in recent years, there are people who find themselves out of a job and they can't afford to take care of their horses.
If you are interested in adopting a horse, you can fill out an application online at the Habitat for Horses website.
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