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Owner ordered to have vet examine skinny horse

By Sonny Long
Oct. 14, 2013 at 5:14 a.m.

Officials ordered the owner of this horse on Old Goliad Road to have the animal examined by a veterinarian. Victoria County Animal Control will do a follow-up Tuesday.

The owner of a horse whose condition was reported to law enforcement by a passer-by must have the animal examined by a veterinarian.

"I couldn't just drive by and not do anything," said Blair Hicks, who lives in the Old Goliad Road area, took a photograph of the horse Saturday and then shared it with the Victoria Advocate.

"I called the sheriff's office, and they told me they would contact animal control," said Hicks. "I hope they get that animal taken care of. I know people who would take it if they can't."

An animal control officer went to the site in the 100 block of Old Goliad Road on Sunday, but owner Fred Flores was not there.

"No one was there to speak to us, so we left notice," said Heather Kern, Victoria County Animal Control assistant supervisor.

Animal control officer Richard Morales and a deputy returned Monday, and Flores was ordered to have the animal examined by a vet, said Kern.

The horse was being kept in the yard of Freddy's Well Service.

Flores did not return messages left by the Advocate.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said the owner could face animal cruelty charges, pending the outcome of the investigation.

"It depends on the severity of the neglect," the sheriff said. "This is troubling. Owning a horse is a great responsibility."

Animal cruelty is a state jail felony punishable by up to five years in confinement, according to the Texas Penal Code.

O'Connor urged others to follow Hicks' lead and report possible abuse or neglect.

"I encourage people to call us if they see something that's not right," he said.

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