Cross-posted from ABC News KXXV Channel 25 Waco – Killeen – Temple
by CHRISTINE McCARTHY
WACO – Neglected horses suffering from starvation and injuries were rescued Thursday night, after allegedly being used as a cover-up for a huge load of pot hauled along I-35.
A Department of Public Safety officer pulled over Gustavo Garza, Jr., 26, who was driving a truck towing horses northbound near Lorena on I-35 and arrested him. When Garza reportedly began behaving suspiciously, the officer got permission to search the trailer and found 15 bundles of pot – a total of 714 pounds hidden among hay stacks next to the three horses.
Livestock caretaker Clarence Holder took the horses to his Hallsburg ranch overnight, and then brought them to Heart of Texas Equine Clinic, where Dr. Ronnie Edwards inspected them.
“They’re just stressed with hauling, going out and staying in the trailer so long that, you know, they’re not feeding them in the trailer and, if they don’t stop and water them, they’re not getting as much water as they want, so some them will draw down,” Edwards said.
Blood tests will determine whether or not the horses have Equine Infectious Anemia, a dangerous disease in horses, and when they are all healthy, they will most likely be sold at auction.
As commenter Nona VanDamme states:
Waco Texas, this is not a good thing for these horses, the feed lot is not far from there where horses are housed then hauled to TX. for slaughter someone reading this Please SAVE THEM FROM SLAUGHTER!!! Auctions are where the bad buyers are.