105 horses and 40 dogs are now in the care of the Houston office of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The seizure happened Wednesday morning near Carlos in Grimes County.
Grimes County authorities, working with the Houston SPCA, seized several dozen malnourished horses and dogs from a small ranch on Highway 30 near the intersection of FM 244.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell says it is a voluntary seizure, and the owner of the animals currently faces no charges.
30 horses were given to new owners.
Investigators say the owner was overwhelmed by the number of animals on her property.
Thanks to an anonymous tip, Sheriff's officers began investigating the owner. What they found when they went on the property Wednesday was shocking.
"There was a lack of food, water, there was no grass," says Lt. Blake Jarvis with the Grimes County Sheriff's Office.
"It's on approximately 3 acres, there are over 140 miniature horses and 40-actually 80 dogs that she was trying to breed."
The horses, investigators say, don't lose their body mass as quickly as other animals. For them to look this way, it took a long time.
"If they can't adequately take care of the animals there are other avenues out there besides starving the animals to death," says Charles Jentzen. Jentzen is a Chief Cruelty Investigator with the Houston SPCA.
Investigators left 20 horses and 40 dogs on the property. A move that is meant as help to the owner and will play a big role in the future.
"Right now, the quantity of animals left on her property are to the point where we think they're manageable. However, just because we're leaving today doesn't mean that this case is over," says Jentzen.
The animals are being taken to a facility in Houston and another undisclosed location for a thorough medical check-up. After they have been cleared, the horses and dogs will be available for adoption by the public.
If you are interested in adopting any of the animals seized by the Houston SPCA, there is a link to their website below this story.
You can also call: 713-869-SPCA (7722)