DALLAS – The SPCA of Texas announced that it has received a generous grant in the amount of $10,000 from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to provide for the rescue, care and rehabilitation of 20 abused Miniature and Quarter Horses.

On Sept. 2, the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit seized 18 Miniature Horses and two Quarter Horses from an Ellis County property.

The horses were suffering from neglect including malnourishment, parasite infestation, dull coats and matted manes and tails. Most of the mares have had foals, many of which were born at the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where the animals were cared for.

As of Dec. 15, the SPCA of Texas reported that 11 of these 20 equines have found their forever homes!

Of those 11, six Miniature Horses have been adopted, three Miniature Horses were transferred to the Doris Day Equine Center and two Miniature Horses were transferred to Wild Hearts Animal Haven. Five others are currently in the care of the SPCA of Texas, including two Miniature Horses who are nursing their foals, one Miniature Horse who is awaiting castration, one Quarter Horse who is being medically evaluated and one Miniature Horse who is available for adoption. O

ne Miniature Horse and one Quarter Horse were humanely euthanized due to extreme physical distress.

The SPCA of Texas maintains an Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit (ACI Unit) with six full-time humane investigators, two educators, one supervisor and one case manager.

The ACI Unit receives an average of 3,000-5,000 calls a year from people who have seen or know about cases of animal cruelty, the Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit rescues approximately 1,500-2,000 animals in distress each year in a variety of Texas counties.

The phone calls are requests for investigation because the animals don’t have water, food, shelter or care. Other calls often include cruel confinement or abuse concerns.

The humane investigators respond to more than 3,000 cases of cruelty each year in Texas. The balance of the cruelty investigations are resolved through education and compliance.

The SPCA of Texas was able to live its mission, to provide the exceptional care and loving homes for these animals, thanks to this generous grant from the ASPCA. Without support from foundations and donors like the ASPCA, the SPCA of Texas would not be able to afford the cost of the investigation, housing and care for the animals necessary to save these fragile lives.

About the SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in nine North Texas.

Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For more information, visit www.spca.org.


About the ASPCA

The ASPCA was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country. For more information, visit www.aspca.org.