A couple has been arrested in connection with extremely malnourished horses in Upshur County.

According to the Gladewater Police Department, Alisha Duvall Knox and her husband, Ronnie Arthur Knox, were arrested and charged with cruelty of livestock animals after a grand jury indicted them.

Ronnie Knox was taken into custody on April 1 and Alisha on April 7. Both suspects were booked into the Gregg County Jail and bonds are set at $10,000.

Police said nine horses were seized from a small pen on Rodeo Street on February 21. They were visibly weak and extremely thin from lack of proper nourishment. The horses were taken by animal control to the Safe Haven Equine Rescue for rehabilitation.

One horse had to be put down because of malnourishment. The other eight horses are expected to recover.

The status of the civil seizure is still ongoing.

On March 1, the horses were turned over to Safe Haven Equine Rescue by Judge Donna Blaylock. The decision has been appealed by the Knox’s and a new hearing has been scheduled for the month of May.

Meanwhile, the eight remaining horses are in the care of Safe Haven Equine Rescue in Gilmer and will remain there until a final decision is made regarding their custody.

Donations are being accepted at Safe Haven for the continued care of these animals. Anyone interested in donating can contact Safe Haven at (903) 762-1432 or 4994 FM2088, Gilmer, TX 75644.