Help Keep Horses Healthy: The Need for Feed Grows

Newschannel 6 has continuing our coverage of the affects from the miserable heat.

Stock tanks are drying up and good quality hay is difficult to come by as Texoma enters into one of the hottest months of the year.

Wichita County Humane Society says they are seeing more cases of animal neglect and with most owners just unable to afford feed.

The Wichita County Humane Society says in the last month they have been getting many calls about neglected horses. They are not being fed food or water.

Currently the humane society has seven horses in their custody and they have not seen numbers like that in over two years.

Cheryl Miller, Manager of the Wichita County Humane Society says, "You got to be able to take care of yourself before you can take care of something else. So if you are unable to feed these animals just please do the right thing and surrender them."

Cherly Miller is seeing this all to often. Horses not properly being feed due to high hay prices from the drought.

Cheryl Miller tells me it is a terrible thing to witness, malnourished  under weight horses struggling to stay alive. Miller says recently they have rescued seven horses. Two were handed over to the humane Society by the court in a neglect case and Miller says the horses were in horrible condition. The other five were surrendered by a woman who could not afford to feed them..

The humane society says all the horses need is food and water. Miller comments, "We have to feed them. We took on that responsibility and we will pay the higher price."

But the non-profit organization says it is quite costly to take care of seven horses and bring them back to good health.

Miller says, "Horses are very expensive to care for because not only do they need hay, they also need feed and that's also gone up in price too. It hurts our pocket books definitely to have to feed seven horses."

The Human Society says once the horses are healthy again they will be up for adoption. Miller is hopeful that each and everyone of her rescued horses will find a good home and family.

The Humane Society encourages residents to be on the look-out for any signs of animal neglect.

They say if livestock is showing ribs, hip bones, or if you do not see any hay or water containers outside, report it immediately.

The Humane Society tells Newschannel 6 if you have any extra square or round coastal hay they are in great need.

Also, they say they have a senior horse who requires strategy feed for senior horses.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make a donations you can contact the Wichita County Humane Society at (940) 855-4941.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6