DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Diboll police are looking at possible charges of animal cruelty after two horses were left inside a trailer for several hours Sunday afternoon.
According to Diboll Police Sgt. Brandan Lovell, police first noticed the horses at around 8 a.m. Sunday.
"Officer Cheshire saw the horses in a black trailer, and as he drove off, saw two men walking down the highway with what appeared to be a flat tire," Lovell said. "When we came back through later in the day, the horses were still there with no signs of the men."
Lovell said the trailer was in a dilapidated condition, and the horses did not have any air circulating inside the trailer.
"They were left in the heat for several hours," Lovell said. "You could tell when we got them out that they were anxious to get food and water."
After the horses were fed and given water, they were turned over to the Angelina County stockman to be looked after. Lovell said around 6 p.m., two men did show up looking for the horses but were told they would not be returned.
"They didn't take any steps to put these animals in a safe environment," Lovell said. "Normally, someone would have gone to the Polk's or the police department and would have said, 'Hey I got this situation here and can you help me?' They didn't do that."
Lovell said they have received calls about the horses possibly being stolen after someone recognized them on Facebook. Lovell said the police looked into the claim but it was not true.