A deal has been done which will pave the way for the rehoming of 77 Arabian horses seized from a Texas property.The horses have been in the care of the North Texas Humane Society for the last fortnight since they were removed from a Denton County property.
The Denton Record-Chronicle website reports that, in a deal reached with authorities, the owner of Ranazans Arabians, 66-year-old Gordon Dennis Key, will donate the horses to the society for rehoming.
He will hand over all documentation relating to the animals, pay $US5000 in court costs, as well as the cost of caring for the animals since they were seized.
The Humane Society of North Texas is expected to post details of the adoption on its website within a few days.
Initial assessments of the horses when they were first seized found 20 were extremely malnourished and 40 seriously underfed.
Restoring the animals to full weight will take many months.
Early reports suggest some of the horses were found in stalls thick with dung and urine.
Police were alerted to the condition of the horses after a person who went to inspect the 43-acre property, which is on the market, was concerned at the condition of the animals.