Safe Haven gains custody of 8 Gladewater horses left malnourished by owner

Last week, 9 horses were seized from a Gladewater residence after being cruelly treated. A couple days later, one of the mare horses died from lack of food and proper care. 
Since then, Safe Haven Equine Rescue has been nursing the rest of the 8 horses back to health. On Tuesday night, they went to court against the owner, who left the horses malnourished. The judge granted full custody of all 8 horses to Safe Haven. 
Richard Fincher, Safe Haven Executive Director said, “The court has awarded the horses to us. We have a 10 day period that they can file a contest against the judgment. And we would have to go through it again.”
Fincher said if the original owner(s) don’t fight it, the horses are officially under their care.
He said It’s going to take a couple months to get the horses back to their original sizes. But on a positive note, he mentioned they are much healthier. Most of the horses have gained 20 to 30 pounds.
They thank everyone for helping them financially during this time. It has improved their health care for the horses. If you would like to help, they are still accepting any donations. They will also give the horses up for adoption, once the 10 day contest is over. For more information you can visit

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