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Horse farm owners arrested in Conroe, charged with animal cruelty

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CONROE, TX – Owners of a Conroe area horse farm were arrested on animal cruelty charges after former employees claimed that about 200 horses weren’t being properly fed or cared for.

Former employees also say that more than 30 horses died in the last four months because of being malnourished and neglect.

Because of those allegations, Montgomery County officials got a search warrant for the property and after spending a day there, Herman and Kathleen Hoffman were both arrested on three charges of animal cruelty.

“Obviously, we have some general neglect issues. It’s really hard to say what we have on each individual horse at this point,” said Houston SPCA president, Patricia Mercer.

The county attorney's office obtained an order from a judge to temporarily seize the horses in the investigation, but because of the size of the herd, a majority of them will stay on the farm.

However, officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will stay on the property around the clock to make sure the animals are taken care of and the Houston SPCA is also helping.