2011 News Recap




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Imagine looking out your subdivision window and seeing a horse walking down the street, by himself. And this horse is really skinny. That’s how residents met the senior horse, now named Hemmingway. Apparently just turned loose, the severely emaciated horse was looking for help and looked like a walking skeleton with skin. Sheriff Dept took custody of the horse and after the required hold for an owner to come forth, the horse was awarded to TBar. Hemmingway has already put on a lot of weight, but he still looks really skinny and has a long way to go. The first time he was given water, his head was down for over 5 minutes drinking, said Melanie DeAeth, President of TBar. Hemmingway is getting multiple feedings day of quality senior feed, and special digestive cookies donated by Skodes Horses Treats & Wellness Ranch.  Hemmingway loves people and loves cookies! 





UPDATE: Hemmingway is ADOPTED!  THANK YOU to Dr Cassie Schuster for rehabbing, loving and adopting Hemi!!!  Thank you to Wellness Ranch!!  THANK YOU for supporting TBAR!  You make it possible for us to continue to help horses like Hemmingway!


Custody of Wood County horses awarded to animal rescue group

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph

Staff Writer


The Wood County Judge awarded custody of 26 malnourished horses seized from a Yantis pasture last week to True Blue Animal Rescue after a hearing Wednesday.
Representing herself during the hearing, Linda Hurley Jones, 67, of Yantis, was arrested and charged with nine felony counts of animal cruelty.
She remains in the Wood County Jail pending a $13,500 bond.
Ms. Jones appealed the decision and County Judge Bryan Jeanes set a $10,000 bond on that appeal.
Wood County deputies seized 27 horses Jan. 24 from Ms. Jones’ pasture at County Road 1960, near Texas Highway 154. One died Friday afternoon in veterinary care.
{TBAR Note: 5 horse carcasses were found on the property}
Sgt. Kilan Polk said the hearing “went well” and he is “satisfied with the results.”
He said deputies are investigating the woman’s other properties, although he said he has been unable to “physically examine any of those animals” at this time.
“Once something like this is publicized, other calls come in,” Polk said. “We’re looking at two other places right now unrelated to this case.”
Rather than continuing to answer calls about mistreated and neglected animals, he said he wants calls about people who can foster them.
Melanie DeAeth, president of the Brenham, said the rescue group is “in desperate need of foster homes.”
She said all the horses are Paints, workable and 10 years old or younger, and although “none of them are in good health,” she said, they are improving.
Potential foster families for any or all of the 26 horses should call True Blue Animal Rescue at 936-878-2349.


If anyone is interested in adopting or being a foster home for one or more of these horses, they can contact us at [email protected]


Rehabilitation of the animals will take several months and cost TBAR thousands of dollars. If you would like to make a contribution to assist with the animals rehabilitation or would like to become a foster care-giver for these or other neglect case horses, please contact True Blue Animal Rescue at 936-878-2349 or click below.


When horses are kept in a herd and fed or starved as a herd, the most dominant horses are usually in good condition, the least dominant horses are skin and bones and the middle horses are thin. The Wood County horses exemplify this. The stallion and boss mare are in good shape. Most of the rest of the horses are ribby, show backbone, have dull coats. The bottom of the herd horses are skin and bones, easily seen even through their winter coat.

The owner initially covered this filly with hay, to hide her from the Sheriff. The filly was so emaciated, she could not stand. Unfortunately, she died a few days after being rescued, despite all the efforts to save her.

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