An animal rescue group has been granted custody of about 200 neglected horses seized last week from a Houston-area ranch.
A judge Tuesday ruled for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Montgomery County law officers on June 24 carried out search warrants at the ranch operated by Herman Hoffman and his wife, Kathleen.
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The Hoffmans were charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to livestock after authorities determined many of the horses were starving. They've denied mistreating the animals.
Dr. Amy Crum with the SPCA testified Tuesday that all of the seized horses she examined showed signs of neglect, such as malnutrition and dehydration.