Cleburne Horse Sale, TX 2/16/22

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 11:48
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Investigators arrived at the weekly sale at 5:30pm. There were approx. 200 horses, 25 burros and a few minis inside the pen area. Most of the pens had no access to food or water. Some pens were overcrowded, despite the fact that there were plenty of other pens empty and available. Several horses were in bad condition. A large draft horse had an infection in his right eye, it was red and tearing. A grey horse had an infection above his right hind hoof and his fetlock was quite swollen. He appeared to avoid putting weight on that leg. Several horses and one pony were emaciated. A black pony was very agitated, whinnying and pacing back and forth in his pen the entire time.

Kill buyer Mike McBarron was in attendance and was taking a closer look at the burros present at the sale. He tried to separate some of the animals and was observed hitting one of them with a flag straight across the face. The sale started on time at 8:00pm. Prices ranged from $200.00 to $4600.00.