A case of neglect that involved six horses who were seized from their owner in the Orange Grove area was resolved Friday morning following a hearing before the Honorable Luz Paiz, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5.

According to court documents, Stacy Gonzales, owner, did cruelly treat the animals by unreasonably deprived of food, care and neglect, and therefore, it is ordered that the said owner be divested of ownership of said animals.

The horses were emaciated and dehydrated when seized on Oct. 20 by Livestock Investigator Aubrey Harper of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department.

JWC Assistant County Attorney Christina Garcia presented evidence to the court of the neglect and at the conclusion of the hearing the Court ordered they be forfeited from their owner and awarded to the Fallen Horse Rescue in Mathis, Texas.

"We encourage citizens who see situations such as this to report them immediately to law enforcement so that appropriate action can be taken to save neglected animals", said County Attorney Michael Guerra. "I want to thank Sheriff Danny Bueno, Deputy Harper and everyone at Fallen Horse Rescue for their assistance in getting this matter to court in a timely manner so that the horses could be saved."