More than a dozen animals abandoned by their owners are now recovering at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The horses inside the organization's stalls are visibly emaciated, with their ribs and other bones showing through their skin.
They were brought in from a property on FM 2090 in Liberty County in bad condition.
"There was no food or water on the property," said SPCA spokesperson Meera Nandlal. "They were definitely living in deplorable conditions, and sadly, they were eating their own feces to survive."
The Liberty County Sheriff's Office told Local 2 that they called the SPCA after learning the animals had been abandoned. Of those abandoned, six horses, one donkey, four pigs, two dogs and a cat were rescued.
"Immediately our veterinary team began to give them medical evaluations," said Nandlal. "So they did get blood tests so we can find out where they are. They got de-wormed and vaccinated."
While the circumstances around the animals rescued haven't been revealed, the SPCA spokesperson said the situation never has to get so bad for an owner to abandon their animals.
"Maybe you love your animals and you have too many at some point -- you're not going to be able to take care of them, feed them properly, get the proper vet care," said Nandlal. "You can always contact the Houston SPCA if you need to surrender those animals. We can be there to help you in some way."
Click here if you'd like to donate to the care of the 14 animals brought in from the Liberty County property or any other animals at the SPCA.