HOUSTON, Texas – Six horses were rescued from the floodwaters ravaging the Houston area over the weekend. The horses were rescued by members of the Houston Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA).
The horses became endangered by rapidly rising water from massive rainfalls that hit the Houston area on Friday and Saturday in the northwest part of the county, the Houston Chronicle reported.
These are the same rains that left four people dead in Washington County which is located about 45 minutes northwest of Houston, Breitbart Texas reported.
“We walked out two horses from a location where they were belly deep in the water,” Barbara Downen, an animal cruelty investigator with the organization told the Houston Chronicle reporters. “Today we did need to swim some horses out behind the boat.”
They were also able to rescue a donkey and a miniature horse from the flooding area. Downen told the reporters the animals were all in good health.
One horse ranch in the area that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children was already recovering from flooding earlier this year. CEO MG Tindall told the reporters she sustained about $100,000 in damage and was looking forward to reopening after this weekend. The new flooding will set her back a couple of more weeks, she said
“It’s not as severe as last time,” she said. “We had to tear out our feed room and pack room, and there’s all the stuff that’s floated everywhere, out in the woods,” she told the reporters. She continued saying that last time, their riding arena washed away while most of the structure stayed in place this time.
The HSPCA responds to reports where animals are either being abused or are endangered by flooding events like those experienced in the Houston area over the past couple of months.