Target: Brett Ligon, Montgomery County District Attorney
Goal: Punish couple that allegedly abused horses on their ranch.
Dozens of horses were rescued off a farm in Conroe, Texas after suspected animal abuse. The couple who owns the farm where the horses reside, Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, have both been placed under arrest in light their suspected abuse of the animals under their care.
The Hoffman’s own Premium Star horse ranch, where 200 horses and other various farm animals have been kept for years. When authorities entered the property, they found many signs of abuse on the horses. One horse had wounds on both sides of his hips, which had begun to scab over. Another horse was so malnourished that the authorities could see its skeletal structure from its ribs to its hips. Five horses had unkept hooves, which led to them walk on the bottom joints of their legs. The Houston SPCA estimates the cost of taking care of the horses to be $500,000.
The farm has acted as a breeding facility and dairy farm for over twenty years. Suspicion about the treatment of the farm animals arose when former employees reported the mistreatment of the farm animals to the police. Herman Hoffman has denied the allegations, and placed blame on his “inept employees,” although the police immediately recognized his responsibility as the owner to demand proper care of all his farm animals. However, it is clear that the abuse was not a one-time occurrence. The Houston SPCA reports that the abuse is extensive, and that it would have taken a long period of time for them to reach this level of illness.
The Hoffman’s are facing misdemeanor charges for animal abuse. The charges may become greater if the pending investigation yields more evidence of abuse and neglect. Please support this petition to continue the investigation, and properly punish these individuals, if found guilty.
Dear District Attorney Ligon,
Two individuals, Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, are suspected of animal abuse. They own Premium Star ranch, where dozens of horses were recently found with apparent evidence of abuse. Some horses were so malnourished that the authorities could see their entire skeletal structure. At least five horses had such unkept hooves that they were forced to walk on the bottom joint of their legs. They are currently facing misdemeanor charges, but may face felony charges if more is found during the pending investigation.
This type of abuse is not a one-time occurrence. It is the result of repeated abuse and neglect, and the horses now have sustained injuries that require medical attention. Please require a deep investigation into the matter, and ensure that the horses are safe and removed from the farm. If found guilty, please punish these individuals as strictly as possible, and do not allow them to ever continue owning farm animals.
[Your Name Here]
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