Man Arrested for Neglecting Horses

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A rescue effort is underway in the tragic abuse of over a dozen horses. While many are being rescued, others never had a chance. This female Arabian horse arrived in Tallahassee Thursday afternoon, with no name and no meat on her bones. She came from a farm near Marianna, FL where more than two dozen horses were removed because they were not been fed. Some of the horses have already died from starvation.

"Some of the horses. A few of them were just bones, literally. Very little flesh and I don't how they're going to make it for the next week, so uh, sad situation." said Bill Houmere. He and his wife Pam volunteered to take two of the abused horses.

Pam Houmere said, "If you saw the condition of them, you would too. I mean, if you had the facility to keep them, it was just despicable what was done to them."

The man supposedly responsible for the cruelty is former owner Tom James who has been arrested, accused of neglecting 28 horses. Authorities say James claims he fell on hard times and could not afford to feed the animals, even though neighbors say they offered help. Before long, it was the horses who had to endure the hard times.

"They're grazing animals and when there's nothing for them to eat, they go down hill very very quickly." said Pam.

So far--six more horses will be in the care of benevolent Tallahassee residents. The rest will be given care near Marianna and for the others it might already be too late.

The Houmere's say nursing these horses back to health and giving them medical treatment can be very expensive. They and others are encouraging people to donate feed, you can do so by purchasing some or donating money at Florida Farm and Feed on Weems Road near Tom Brown Park.

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  • by Toni Location: Perry on May 16, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    This may be happening to senior citizens too. With prices sky rocketing like they are too many people are having to choose between food and prescriptions or house payment. Prices are ridiculous and getting more so.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Wow those poor horses!!! I love horses and I cant stand to soo tham hurt/injured/NEGLECTED in any way so this really ticks me off.
  • by common sense Location: cairo on May 16, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    Unfortunately with the continued rise in food,fuel, health and the increase in home losses there will be many more situations when people with the ability to help animals of all species will be needed to render aid. I agree the man should have ask for help sooner from animal services in particular but help offered by neighbors is often just that an offer and not really given from the heart, when they find out how much they have to give from the hip.
  • by sad Location: florida on May 16, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    This is sad. This is a case were neighbors should have called weeks ago.
  • by Tracey Location: Cairo on May 16, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    This is horrible! He should have surrended the horses sooner...I would have helped find homes for them.
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on May 15, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    There is no excuse for this. This man should have contacted authorities or the humane society if he could not take care of these horses. There are other options. We just helped to load up 14 horses in Gadsden Co that were surrendered to the Gadsden Co Sheriffs department and adopted two of them. They had been living off DIRT for months. THe two we adopted have improved so much and never knew life could be so good. If any of these horses need a temporary home or permanent home please let us know.
  • by animal lover Location: ga on May 15, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    why did the fellow not accept help? Sad. sometimes it is ok to swallow your pride.
  • by na Location: ga on May 15, 2008 at 08:05 PM
    No excuse for this at all!! I am broke, behind on bill and trying to sell several of mine. They are all fat. They get fed twice a day and not cheap feed either. We eat cheap and stay home. If you take own animals be responsible for them. Cut out your play time and extras so they can eat.
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