Horse Neglect Cases on the Rise in Ector County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - More horses are being abused and neglected in Ector County, and officials say the economy is to blame.

Odessa Animal Control officials tell NewsWest 9, more than a dozen horses have been involved in animal cruelty cases in the past several months.

Lately, people have stopped caring for their horses and leave them in horrible conditions.

Animal cruelty charges can carry up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.