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Yorktown police seize 2 emaciated horses, arrest 2

By Bianca Montes
Oct. 24, 2013 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated Oct. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

Two horses from a residence in Yorktown were seized Thursday by the police department because officers  think the animals were being underfed. The horses were transported to the Cuero Auction Barn, pending a Nov. 4 hearing for their caretakers.

Two horses from a residence in Yorktown were seized Thursday.

After receiving an anonymous tip, officers went to a home in the 200 block of West 2nd Street, said Police Chief Paul Campos.

Dr. Hampton McAda, a veterinarian, was called to the property, where he took fecal samples from the two horses and fed them hay before confirming they were not sick but underfed.

According to Texas Health and Safety Code, "If an officer ... has reason to believe that an animal has been or is being cruelly treated, the officer may apply to a justice court ... for a warrant to seize the animal."

A warrant was signed by DeWitt County Justice of the Peace Bill Robinson.

The horses were transported to the Cuero Auction Barn, where they'll be cared for until the hearing date, Campos said.

Caretakers Julian Perez, 61, and Cassandra Perez, 45, who own one of the horses, are expected to be charged with cruelty to animals or livestock, which is a Class A misdemeanor, said Campos. They could not be reached late Thursday for comment.

The second horse is owned by Gilbert Garcia, who lives down the street from the couple, and told officers he left the horse two months ago to be broken in and had not been back to check on it.

Garcia will not be charged, Campos said.

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Justice of Peace Office, 326 Main St. in Yorktown, in which a judge will determine whether they were cruelly treated. If so, the horses will be auctioned off or taken to a humane society, Campos said.

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