Horses Get Their Day In Court

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Horses Get Their Day In Court
True Blue Animal Rescue vs Waller County

On July 10, 2015, 34 cruelly treated horses were seized from Kathie Digilio from her property. Felony charges have been against Ms. Digilio regarding the horses which are pending.

True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) was requested by Waller County to care for the horses. True Blue Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected animals. As part of this mission they support law enforcement by taking in animals that need to be removed from a neglectful or abusive situation. TBAR has been caring for the 34 horses since they were seized now 15 months ago.

On September 2, 2016, the Justice Court entered an Order of Disposition that all 34 horses were cruelly treated. However, the Order also included the return of 7 of these horses to Ms. Digilio, her pick. Three horses were supposed to be transferred to a buyer who allegedly bought them before the seizure in 2015. The 7 horses picked by Ms. Digilio are all mares. Two of the three horses that were supposed to have been purchased before the seizure are stallions (one still a colt). The rest of the horses, 24 of them, were awarded to TBAR.

Pursuant to an agreement between Ms. Digilio and Waller County, TBAR was to be reimbursed only a fraction of the cost to care for the 34 horses. TBAR was not a party to this agreement.

On October 3, 2016, TBAR filed an injunction against Waller County in the district court challenging the return of horses to Ms. Digilio and the alleged buyer, and is seeking to be fully reimbursed for the care given to the 34 horses. On the same day TBAR filed suit, a “Supplemental Order” was issued by the Justice Court that states the 24 horses awarded to TBAR were “unintentionally mistreated.” Seven horses were awarded to Ms. Digilio and 3 to the alleged buyer as stated above in the “supplement”.

The injunction filed by TBAR was granted on October 6, 2016. A hearing on the injunction has been set for November 21, 2016. TBAR is represented by Ms. Zandra Anderson, a trial attorney specializing in animal law. With her animal law knowledge and strength of fortitude True Blue Animal Rescue knows they are offering the horses the best chance possible.

TBAR is thankful for all of its volunteers who have rehabilitated these horses back to good health. TBAR remains committed to the welfare of all 34 horses. TBAR appreciates that there will likely be many questions about these turn of events. However, we will avoid further comment due to the pending litigation that we hope is swiftly resolved.

Pet of the week: Mama and Baby dog

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This sweet puppy and her mama are searching for their furever family. Baby is a little girl and about 7 weeks old. Mama is Due for spay on Oct 13 but needs a foster or adoptive home before that because her foster Mom is moving. Please consider helping her by fostering. Email help@t-bar.org for more info on fostering or adopting.

Pet of the Week: Kona Dog

AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

KONA is a sweet 1 year old Labrador/terrier Mix. She loves to play and ride in the car. She’s smart too- already learned sit, down, come and crate training. Leash walking and house training in progress. Kona gets along with other dogs and dog-savvy cats. She’s vaccinated, dewormed and thankfully heart worm negative. She tries hard to please you and be a good girl.

Kona is available for adoption thru True Blue Animal Rescue. Www.t-bar.org or 936-878-2349 or help@t-bar.org

PLEASE SHARE and help find Kona a forever home!!

Miracle horse, RIP

Warning: Post contains graphic images that may be upsetting to viewers.

September 28, 2016

Heartbreaking news about Miracle. While we’re sad that he’s no longer with us we’re glad he is no longer in pain and suffering. Sometimes our roll in rescue is to love them and let them go.

From Melanie DeAeth:

It is with the greatest sadness that I’m letting you know that Miracle lost his battle today. With the leg injury the way it was he had to have time lying down to rest but every time he’d lie down the wounds on his side got worse. They went from raw, brush burn type injuries to full blown ulcers going down to the bone. When we started seeing the joint moving inside the wound and the ribs exposed on his side we knew we were nearing the end of the battle. We helped Miracle get up one more time with the sling and were hopeful when he stood but after evaluating the injuries and the progression of the wounds we knew that we would only torture this boy if we let him lie down one more time and it was torture for him not to be able to lie down and relieve the pain in his leg. We could have left him in a sling but doing that puts pressure on the wounds on his side too. So, with heavy heart I’m letting you know that Miracle, the special boy we have been praying for, enjoyed a great big meal of alfalfa and all the grain he could gobble. During that time he forgot about the pain and enjoyed life. I’m thankful we were able to give him that. I also know that our prayers were heard because this boy was riddled with pain but every time we prayed and asked him to stand and fight he did. He heard our prayers. I have always believed in prayer but now I believe even more and I know first hand how strong the power of prayer is. Thank you for your prayers, for your support and for your donations. Thanks to all of you Miracle left this earth knowing love with a full belly and a heart full of our prayers. Rescue networking works! Never give up!

September 22, 2016

This is Miracle, the horse that was rescued on Sunday, September 18, 2016. He was dehydrated and near death when a rescuer saw him and posted a plea on Facebook. After hundreds of shares and comments another rescuer showed up with a trailer and loaded him up and drove him to a vet on an emergency call. When I first spoke to the vet he wasn’t feeling very optimistic. Miracle was flat out and would not get up off his side. Dr. Joe from Brazos Valley Equine Hospital was preparing us for the worst but hoping for the best. Our response was to go back to the amazing group of people who joined forces to save him and ask for prayers. Hundreds of rescuers prayed that night and then, to our great relief, we were told that he was up on Monday morning! Miracle is still in the vet as of today and the bill is already up to $2000. He has infections from the back leg wounds and abrasions down is side and on his face. The eye on the side with wounds is being treated but the other eye is bright and alert.

He went back down on Wednesday, September 21 and back on IV fluids but recovered and got back up later that same day.

This is a story of how rescue networking saves lives. If not for the people who responded, he would have died where he lie. Please join us in prayer for full recovery for this sweet horse.

If you’d like to donate to help us pay his vet bill. Use the paypal link on True Blue Animal Rescue’s Facebook page or go to www.t-bar.org and use the paypal link there. If you’d prefer to send a donation in the mail send checks to True Blue Animal Rescue, PO Box 1107, Brenham, TX 77833

Thanks to those who have donated! We’ve gotten $275 donated so far.

September 21, 2016

Here is Miracle today, Day 4. The side that he was dragged on has horrible wounds all over it as does the side of his face. The wound on his leg cut through his flesh all the way around and stopped circulation. That’s coming back but the skin will slough off as it heals. He’s a young horse, extremely emaciated and completely defeated. He has probably not had many kind interactions with humans nor experienced much joy in life. He has every reason to give up. He gave up the first night and again today. The vet said he just quit and lied down. They put him in a sling but he just hung there, defeated. That was when I asked you all for prayer. A couple of hours after we all began praying Miracle got back up! The vet said he was surprised. He didn’t expect him to get up. Then, our healing prayers gave him hope and he got up. I’m praying that he’ll keep fighting so we can show him love and joy and give him the good life he deserves. Keep praying! It’s working!

September 21, 2016

He’s back up again!

September 21, 2016

Calling all prayer warriors! Miracle is back down again! He’s getting fluids but not wanting to stand. We need everyone’s prayers and healing to help him regain his strength and will to live so he’ll get back up!

From Liz Keels on September 19, 2016:

He’s improving. Standing most of day on three legs. One leg is very swollen and needs some more TLC. Ulcer on right eye being treated (eye on the ground for extended period of time). Also, eating very well.

True Blue Animal Rescue donate to his vet care: t-bar.org

TBAR response September 18, 2016

We have been asked to help this horse. He is currently at Brazos Equine Vet Hospital and he his not getting up. He has had two bags of fluids and antibiotics and he’s not getting up. We need all prayer warriors to share and pray for this horse. Pray and send healing!

Original post from Liz Keels on September 18, 2016:

The Acres Homes horse that I assisted with is safe at the Brazos Valley Equine Specialist in Navasota. He was saved today by two bad ass woman! I couldn’t be there to witness him getting out but I am in awe of their determination! I’m glad I was at the right place at the right time and followed that dog home yesterday evening when my better judgment told me to keep driving… NEVER ?.

Thank you, Melanie Hewett-Deaeth & True Blue Animal Rescue for taking this guy under your wings. DONATIONS can be made to http://t-bar.org/.

The sores are from laying down in pain for hours and thrashing. I don’t know anything about horses so I am grateful for my best friend for heeding my 911 call yesterday. She also plans to help the finder learn all about horses, what to look for and how to help in his neighborhood.

Thank you everyone for your concern, shares, prayers!! Keep them coming!

#teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Waller County horse neglect case

True Blue Animal Rescue has reviewed all court documents for the Waller County horse neglect case The State of Texas VS Kathie Digilio. We are working diligently to make sure all the horses in our care are and will remain safe and well cared for. Anything less is unacceptable. Please review the attached documents and direct any questions you might have to us at help@t-bar.org

These are court documents from the Waller County case and are public record.

 

 

Judge makes decision in case of Waller County 34 horses

By Amy Hemsell
September 2, 2016

Hempstead, TX – Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Charles Karisch read the final decision in the civil matter for the 34 horses that were seized last year on July 10, 2015 due to neglect. The horses were seized from a property owned by Dr. Kathy Digilio, DVM in response to complaints by neighbors. The Waller County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of True Blue Animal Rescue with the seizure. The horses were seized and placed at caring foster homes through True Blue Animal Rescue & have remained in their care for almost 14 months while awaiting an outcome. All the horses have received much needed veterinary care, food, rehabilitation, and love.

Judge Karisch ordered that before any horses are released, Dr. Digilio pay True Blue Animal Rescue $30,000 for the care her horses have received by veterinarians and foster homes, no longer make appeals in the civil matter for the 34 horses. Dr. Ben Buchanan with Brazos Valley Equine Hospital is to inspect the property and make sure it is clear of debris, parasites, salmonella, and livable conditions for horses. True Blue Animal Rescue can have a veterinary of their choice go the same day as Dr. Buchanan to do an inspection as well. Dr. Digilio was ordered not to breed or acquire any more horses than the 7 she will be allowed to have back. She has free choice as to the 7 she wishes to pick from out of the 34. She will be regularly evaluated & checked on for the living conditions of the horses. If at any time they are not cared for and she does not abide by the judge’s orders the horses will be seized again.

Pet of the Week: Lil’Hombre Dog

TBAR-Adoptable-Dog-Lil-HombreThe pet of the week is Lil’Hombre. He’s a chihuahua mix that is current on shots and neutered. He is a sweet little guy that gets along with other dogs and is learning to sit on command. He currently weighs 7 pounds at 6 months old so he will be under 10 pounds full grown. For more information, please email help@t-bar.org or call (936)878-2349 and leave a voice mail. A TBAR volunteer will return your call at their earliest convenience. If you would like to adopt a pup, please download and submit via email or regular mail an adoption application so that the foster home can arrange a meet and greet with your family.

Adopted Dog: Shilo

TBAR-Adopted-Dog-ShiloShilo’s adopter fell in love with her when she met her. She couldn’t take her right away because she was moving so Shilo’s foster Mom held her till Maddy was ready for this special girl. Here’s Shilo, finally content and living in her new forever home!! Thanks for adopting! If you’d like to adopt a pet check out our list of adoptable pets and see if we have one that’s right for you!