YouTube video claims horses are mistreated

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON, COUNTY, TX - An email circulating throughout Texoma and the country, is claiming a number of horses are being mistreated on a Whitesboro ranch.

That email contains a link to a YouTube video allegedly shot at the ranch. Grayson County Sheriff's officials are refuting that video and want to clear the air.

Some viewers claim the video was captured at a property in Whitesboro, and shows horses with visible ribs and hip bones.

While there is no doubt the horses are skinny, Grayson County Lieutenant David Hawley says they are eating and are not starving.

Hawley says this video is not from the region that some viewers claim and authorities aren't sure where that video came from.

While the claims on YouTube may not be true, Hawley says dozens of horses were taken from a Whitesboro ranch over the past two weeks, at least 8 of those on a court order.

Grayson County authorities say reports of starving horses are becoming routine but only a few of those calls turn out to be legitimate.

Denison Veterinarian Katie Hayes is an equine specialist and has worked with the Sheriff's Office investigating cases like these.

She says although they may look hungry, you never know their past history. “These horses didn’t get thin and starving overnight. So it’s going to take a while. Usually 3-4 months to put the weigh back on.”

The owners of the Houston Ranch couldn't be reached Wednesday night. We'll take a look at the laws regarding neglected horses and how owners can be held responsible, Thursday night on First News.

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