Montgomery County- A Harris County Deputy Sheriff was charged on Monday with two counts of cruelty to animals after allegedly mistreating horses.
On July 1 around 5:30 p.m. a volunteer of a Splendora stable noticed a dark colored Ford or Chevrolet, 4 door pickup pulling a sixteen foot newer model stock trailer. The volunteer stopped the truck and the driver of the truck, described as an older woman with short gray hair, approached the volunteer. The driver stated she was with Montgomery County and had two horses that needed to be dropped off.
As the volunteer parked and walked back to the riding arena to look at the horses the driver fled north on Tram Road toward FM 2090.
The stable volunteer was shocked by the sight of the two horses. Before her was one horse on the ground near starvation, and another in very bad shape.
The volunteer and several others spent the day trying to save the horses. One was able to eat and move freely but the horse in the worst shape was given B-12 and several IV fluids through out the day.
Deputy Morrow with the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office Livestock Division responded to the scene. After seeing the conditions of the horses he contacted Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts to obtain a warrant for Montgomery County to legally take possession of the horses.
Volunteer’s continued to work into the night to care for the two horses, but one of the horses had to be put down.
On Monday Monica Cooper, a Harris County Deputy Sheriff was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals. She has been put on Administrative leave.
Cooper is also the subject of an internal investigation to determine if she violated any HCSO policies.