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“As we Houston Area residents struggle to clean up from the historic flooding, some idiots have the time to use an innocent horse for target practice. For some men, there is no limit to the depth of their depravity…it sickens the stomach and saddens one’s heart.” ~ R.T.
An animal cruelty case is being investigated by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office after the agency learned of a deliberate shooting of a horse at a residence on CR 1335 B in the Moss Bluff area of south Liberty County.
Several calls of complaints from citizens on Wednesday, May 26, prompted the investigation.
On Wednesday, Deputy Linda Bloomingdale, working closely with the Houston SPCA, found the horse standing on a small patch of dry ground on an area surrounded by recent flood waters.
According to a report from the sheriff’s office, witness accounts said that a man was observed with an unknown caliber rifle shooting at the horse on Tuesday. Initially findings suggest the horse was struck in the head at least twice and possibly a third time.
A warrant was secured by Dep. Bloomingdale for the seizure of the wounded horse and a second horse that also appeared to be suffering from some degree of neglect. The horses were loaded onto trailers and brought through the flood waters to the Houston SPCA office where they will be treated for their injuries.
A seizure hearing is set for June 8 in Pct. 1 Justice of Peace Stephen Hebert’s court to determine ownership of the two horses. A criminal investigation is ongoing to identify the person responsible for the shooting. Once a suspect is identified, it is anticipated that animal cruelty charges will be filed.
Anyone having information regarding the identity of the person responsible for this offense is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 936-336-4500.