Deputy has to put down one of three neglected horses. BEAUMONT - by Ashley Gaston - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of neglected horses that makes even seasoned deputies cringe.Horses left in filthy conditions for several months without food, hay or water.Today they had to put down one of three horses because pain medicine was the only way to help the animal with a hoof that had broken in half because of neglect.Deputy Don Metts says this is one sign of a horse someone has neglected fungus on the skin that's causing the hair to fall off.It makes me sick to my stomach because it's so easy to keep a horse in good shape, said Deputy Metts.Metts is the Livestock Deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He's been around horses most of his life. If you start seeing a horse that's losing weight, there's something wrong, said Metts.Deputies seized these horses last week. The owner of one horse signed it over to the county. Officers don't know who owns the other two.There's really no excuse for it. There are just people who don't know. They think their horses look great, but when you start to see ribs and hips, horses need something to it, said Metts.Metts says several months of neglect caused the hips and ribs on these horses to stick out.They should be easy to look at; these here are rough to look at because they've been neglected for a long time, said Metts.Now, the horses are at the county barn. They're eating protein and hay. Metts is trying to get them healthy again.
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