The cold, north wind chilled the almost lifeless young horses as they lay in the filth of the dark stalls in a Texas City stables. Animal Control and Habitat for Horses employees worked by flashlight to place them on sleds and drag them to the waiting trailers. Three other bone-thin horses walked on their own, all of them taken immediately to an equine veterinarian with hopes that their life could be restored from the ravages of starvation.
In a scene too often repeated in Galveston County, a few horse owners neglect or abuse their horses to the point of death. Law enforcement agencies and Habitat for Horses have worked hand-in-hand for the last 15 years to both educate owners about the level of care needed to maintain healthy horses and, when education fails or is resisted, to remove the horses through the enforcement of animal abuse laws.