Update on horse case appeal

Update! No ruling on the horses. The judge said it has to go to a higher court. He was sympathetic to our cause and even called the case a giant fur ball that hadn’t been handled right since the beginning. The good news is the horses are safe for the now but the bad news is courts and lawyers aren’t cheap. Please help us by donating to our you caring account. If everyone donated $20 we’ll be able to fight this fight till the end.

The judge couldn’t make a ruling on the horses today because it’s not his place to do that. He said it needs to go to a higher court so, our attorney, Zandra Anderson, is going to decide on a new plan of action and let us know what we can do next. We need everyone who read this and wants to support to donate to our you caring account to help us raise the money it’ll cost to do this. Please help, no donation is too small.

Original post:

Calling all horse lovers: Please come to court in Hempstead, TX on Monday morning, Nov. 21, at 10am to stand up for the starving and abused horses we are fighting to protect. 836 Austin St, Hempstead, TX

34 horses were seized by law enforcement in July 2015 and turned over to True Blue Animal Rescue to rehabilitate and take care of until a judge could decide on the case. Flash forward 16 months and the county wants to return 7 of them to the owner rather than have the case and evidence presented in court. We believe the horses have the right to their day in court so at our request we will share their side in court on Monday. Please be there to show the judge that we stand strong for the horses.

Share with other horse lovers. We need to give these 34 horses a voice! Without us they don’t stand a chance.

Read more about the case here.


Roman Update: May 2015

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Roman-May-2015Has anyone been wondering how Roman is doing? Here he is May 17, 2015, almost four months after coming into True Blue Animal Rescue. He’s gotten lots of love and attention from TBAR volunteers Alissa Cannon and Amy Hemsell. He’s had the pleasure of meeting children who come out on camp days too! The “oohs” and “ahhs” when this big boy is walked out to meet them was priceless. He gives us the chance to teach kids about rescue, proper feeding and dental care for senior horses and having the farrier out to trim up his hooves so they don’t crack and hurt. Coming from a giant like this Percheron boy, this makes a big impact with the kids. He is a senior, but he’s still got a lot to give in his new roll as a TBAR horse ambassador.

If you look at his pictures you will see that he has gained a lot of weight since coming to us at the end of January. A great big thank you for Triple Crown Feed for donating their high quality senior complete feed to help him through his rehab. As you might imagine, a big horse like this can eat a lot and even more when trying to get him to gain weight. He’s still got some more weight to gain but the improvements in this short amount of time is amazing! As you can see his coat is shedding out from the reddish color to the slick, shiny black that it was meant to be. When getting the right nutrition in Triple Crown Feed they get everything they need to be slick and shiny! All Roman has to do now is eat, swat flies and enjoy life.
Thank you to TBAR volunteer Alissa Cannon for being his special sponsor human. She’s helped us afford his farrier work, hay and worming.
Read more about Roman:

Event Recap: Carnival in the Park 2015

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Carnival-2015Brenham’s Carnival in the Park was a huge success again this year! This really great community event was held on May 9th between Animal Friends of Washington Co Clinic and the Dog Park on Hwy 36.True

Several Rescue organizations, Brenham’s city shelter and several other local businesses were there to enjoy the fun. It was a great opportunity to walk your dog and meet and chat with people in Washington County.

True Blue Animal Rescue had some pets there for adoption, Tshirts for sale, face painting, balloon animals, bubbles and hoppy ponies for the kids to play on. This is just a small sample of all the fun we had!


Foster Feature: Winston Update #2

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Texas-Winston-Update-2We are pleased to share with you the latest update on Winston!

It’s been three weeks since Winston went into foster care with Kim and he’s doing very well. His wounds are healing and so is his heart. He is such a well behaved boy that his foster Mom feels sure he must have been someone’s beloved pet before he ended up on the streets and in the hands of people who were not so nice. What does that mean for Winston? It means he has some trust issues with people and other dogs but it also means he remembers the people who treated him well and he wants to trust again. Little by little he’s warming up and feeling safer and more secure. He’s learning to love life again and enjoys lying around, riding in the car and playing with toys again. He’s housebroken and crate trained and walks on a leash too! He’s never offered to hurt anyone or any other animals but his foster Mom monitors him with them all the time for now. Physically his wounds a closing and he’s even putting some pressure on his injured leg now. If you’ve been following Winston’s story keep praying for him to heal. He’ll be going to the vet soon for an update and some vaccinations. He wasn’t healthy enough for those three weeks ago but thanks to a wonderful foster Mom, he is now. Watch for updates after his vet visit giving us a go ahead to put him up for adoption!

TBAR at Texas Humane Lobby Day 2015

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Texas-Texas-Humane-Legislation-Network-2015Four members of True Blue Animal Rescue went to Austin for Texas Humane Lobby Day on March 20, 2015. This event was hosted by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN).  Melanie and Dale DeAeth, Janna Alsobrook and Gisele Flanigan attended the morning seminar giving them advocacy tips and an overview of the bills we were targeting that day. There were nearly 100 activists from all over the state of Texas preparing to speak to their district representatives.  Our four True Blue Animal Rescue members met with District 13 Representative Leighton Schubert’s Chief of Staff Manny Salazar at 1pm and then with Senator Kolkhorst or District 18’s policy analyst Zach Maxwell at 2pm. We each explained the importance of the four bills we were targeting in hopes that they will offer their support and vote in favor of them.

The first bill we discussed was Dangerous Wild Animal Registry – HB 3952. This bill requires people and organizations who keep dangerous wild animals in Texas for more than 30 days to register their animals with a state agency – namely the Texas Department of State Health Services. This law will offer a means of informing the public of were animals such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and primates are living. These animals are wild and they can be dangerous so the public is entitled to know where they as a safety measure.

The second bill we discussed is the Humane Tethering Bill – HB 2562. This bill does not prohibit tethering but it sets forth clear and specific requirements for the humane tethering of a dog and provides law enforcement and animal control officers the authority to enforce those requirements.  Texas law enforcement officers receive daily calls from citizens concerned about a dog being tethered by cruel and inhumane means. This bill is a rewrite of the current tethering law and replaces it with this straight forward, enforceable understandable law outlining specific requirements for tethering a dog as follows:

  • The tethering device must allow the dog access to a shelter of adequate size to allow the dog to stand, turn around, sit and lie down in a comfortable and normal position and it must be constructed in such a manner as to keep the dog dry and protected from exposure and extreme temperatures.
  • The tethering device must also allow the dog access to potable drinking water and shade from direct sunlight.
  • The tethering device must be attached to a collar or harness constructed of nylon, leather or similar material properly fitted to the dog and must have swivels on both ends to prevent the dog from becoming entangled.
  • The length of the tethering device must be at least five times the length of the dog as measured from the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the dog’s tail or ten feet, whichever is greater.
  • The tethering device cannot be made of metal chain links more than a quarter inch thick or have any weights attached to it.

The current law allows for inhumane tethering except during the hours of 10pm to 6am, in a location within 500 feet of a school, weather below 32 degrees or during a heat advisory or storm warning. The biggest fault to the current law is that law enforcement has to give the owner 24 hours to correct the problem. In this way it’s corrected and then in several days generally goes back to the same inhumane situation. To our knowledge, a citation under this current law has never been issued and / or heard by a court.  Under the new law the offence will be punishable as a Class C misdemeanor for the first offence and a Class B misdemeanor for subsequent offences. In this way law enforcement will be able to do their job and offenders will stop this inhumane treatment of dogs in Texas bringing us closer to the minimum standard as set by many other states in our country.

The third bill we were discussing is the Peace Officer Canine Encounter Training – HB 593/SB 1637. As we know dogs are an integral part of American Society and law enforcement routinely encounters dogs in the line of duty.  In fact, one of three calls to law enforcement involves an interaction with a dog. Despite this statistic the vast majority of law enforcement officers have no training on canine encounters before entering the field. This lack of training creates a critical void in traditional law enforcement training and safety for the officer, the dog and the public. This lack of training is the primary reason why so many dogs are killed by law enforcement officers. On a weekly basis the media headlines horrific details of a canine family member being killed by law enforcement. There were 200 fatal dog shootings by law enforcement in 2014 that were reported and  many more that went unreported. This bill requires a one-time training course for law enforcement officers to prepare them for a safe, non-confrontational outcome when encountering a dog. This will allow officers hands on training and information on how to protect themselves, the residents and the dogs they encounter. This bill does not prohibit officers from using deadly force against dogs to protect themselves or others; it only requires training so that shooting a dog would be the last resort.

The final bill we reviewed and discussed was Eliminating the Shark Fin Trade in Texas – HB 1579. This bill will prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transport of shark fins in Texas. The fins from up to 73 million sharks are used to supply the global shark fin trade each year. Shark finning is when a shark is brought on board, the fins are cut off, often while the animal is still alive and the living shark is thrown back into the ocean. With their fins cut off, sharks cannot swim and can die from shock, blood loss, starvation or predation by other fish. The demand for shark fin soup drives this market. Shark meat is considered low value and therefore not worth transporting the whole fish body to market. Shark fins are removed from sharks regardless of age, size or species. Shark finning is devastating the shark population around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost due to shark finning. Under the bill, fishermen can still sell entire shark carcasses, with their fins still attached, to the dealers and processors. For more information on Shark finning visit Sharkwater.com.

Law making happens every other year on odd years in Texas. Take this opportunity to be heard and help change laws to protect animals. Please contact your district representatives and let them know that you are a voting constituent and you would like them to vote to pass these bills. To find out your district representatives go to “Who Represents Me” and search by address, zip code, city or county to find out who you should contact.

You can also join the Facebook Page for the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) to stay updated on these bills and future ones.


Throwback Thursday: Hemingway

We got a call to go pick up a stray horse that nobody wanted and when we got there we found this skinny fellow. Even though he was thin we could see that he was special and had a majestic quality about him so we named him Hemingway. He finished his rehabilitation in his current forever home with Dr.Cassie Schuster. Now he’s back to his full glory and has the run of his new home. He eats healthy foods and treats and as you can see it’s keeping him at a good weight which is saying a lot for a 30 year old horse. Hemi is a great reminder that horses shouldn’t be skinny just because their older. Proper nutrition makes all the difference.

Hemi before and after

Throwback Thursday: Tobi

Poor Tobi was just a baby and had never known a full belly. Her coat was rough and thick and her body was frail and thin. As she gained weight her beauty shined through but in her heart she still had a hard time trusting. Thankfully there are people like Jason and Crystal Hunter who are willing to go the extra mile to help a horse like Tobi learn to trust again. They’ve been working with her on manners and saddling and it’s been a challenge but they’ve gotten further than most people could. We’d love to have an update on Tobi Jason and Crystal! How is she doing?

Tobi before and after

Success Story: Fancher

This story is one we’ll never forget. This poor skinny dog was rescued by Animal Control in Hood County. This was one of the worst cases we’ve ever seen.

Fancher Before


But Fancher’s luck quickly changed and he went from Hood County Animal Control to True Blue Animal Rescue where he gained weight and learned to love and trust again. Then, while at our annual chili cookoff at Independence Harley Davidson in College Station Fancher met his special person. Taylor fell in love with Fancher immediately and adopted him. Then DA Nicole Stratso prosecuted his abuser and the judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail and a $2000 fine. A great big thank you to Deputy Kelly McNab for saving him, finding him a rescue and pushing for prosecution. Fancher is a lucky boy now!

Fancher (2)

Throwback Thursday: Cotton and Candy

I’ll never forget the day I came home and found these precious babies had been tossed in the yard out front. I’ll never understand how someone could just toss their puppies into someone’s yard with no regard for the dogs or the person who they are dumping them on. Dumping animals is illegal and irresponsible. Thankfully I’m not the kind of person who would do that so we took care of this special brother and sister pair. We named them Cotton and Candy due to their fluffy white coats and sweet personalities. Candy, the all white female, was deaf and her brother, Cotton was her ears and her protector. Thankfully a special family understood their special bond and adopted them together. Special people like those who adopt dogs like Cotton and Candy make the world a better place. We were thankful they found Tbar and these two special babies. Cotton N Candy

Success Story: Skywalker

Skywalker’s foster home intended to work with him and find him a new home but in the end, they fell in love with him and decided to adopt! We call these foster failures and even though it sounds negative, this is the best kind of failure. You fail to adopt them out but you decide to love them forever and never let them go. Who else out there is a foster failure?? I am!