Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:38 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 6:48 PM
ROBSTOWN - The horses found in bad shape on a Robstown property two months ago are not improving.
Now, a judge has ordered the owner, Samuel Ruegg, to either sell or get rid of all the horses by Friday.
If he doesn't, Animal Control says they will have to seize any remaining horses.
Ruegg has been monitored by Robstown Animal Control since early October when two horses were found dead at his home, and another 20 were in need of medical attention.
Animal Control says they've been routinely inspecting Ruegg's property for almost two months, and they say the horses don't appear to be getting any better. Robstown Animal Control Director Jason Garcia says Ruegg hasn't been doing all of the things they asked him to do.
"He was asked to provide shelter for the horses, and no shelter was provided at this time. There was also not sufficient hay and feed at the time," Garcia says.
Officials say there's about 13 horses for Ruegg to move. A man who identified himself as Ruegg's friend told 6 News he thinks Ruegg will make the deadline.
"I think he's found homes for all of them," the man says.
Garcia says the case is simple.
"In this case, obviously, the owner is not doing what he's supposed to be doing," Garcia says.
Robstown Police are still investigating to see if Ruegg will face any criminal charges.
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