ODESSA - Local horse owners say horses are like children, needing extensive care and treatment. But too often, Odessa Police said they see cases of them being mistreated.
Officers said the cases aren't necessarily criminal all the time and that the owners just might not have the money to do it or can't because of sudden job loss or injury.
"It's just that, on their part, they're just not able to take care of it and they may not know who there is out there for them to take it," Corporal Sherrie Carruth, Communications Officer for Odessa Police, said.
Odessa Police said the cases are sporadic, making them hard to keep track of.
Not knowing where to take your horse if you're down on your luck is another problem.
Officers said while the right thing to do is call Animal Control, they don't have the resources to house every mistreated horse they find.
"We don't shelter animals," Carruth said. "If someone doesn't adopt them, or they're not taken care of in so many days, then they have to be put down."
One Odessa horse owner who notified authorities about one owner's mistreated mustang at the West Texas Horse Center back in April is looking to change that, starting a nonprofit to aid horse owners who, for whatever reason, can't take care of their horses.
"Provide feed and veterinary support to horse owners who are having a hard time maintaining their animals," Founder, Courtney Taylor, said. "Their horses, to be specific."
In the last few months, Taylor received her nonprofit certificate from the Texas Secretary of State, set up her P.O. Box in Midland and is ready to start the organization's first fundraiser this weekend.
The nonprofit is inspired by the mistreated mustang she found.
"That's why our organization, or the charity, is called 'A Motivated Charity,'" Taylor said. "The community named her that."
Taylor has been in contact with Odessa Police about her group and officers said it could help keep more horses treated well and not have to be taken into custody.
"She could educate the public on taking care of horses," Carruth said. "The best way that we find that any organization can help us is to keep animals from having to be at Animal Control. Keep the animals from us having to take custody of them."
'A Motivated Charity' has also received two national sponsors from Pyranha, Inc. and the Cowgirl Tuff Company, and $2,000 worth of items donated to them by local sponsors to be auctioned off at the Freedom Classic Barrel Race at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena this weekend.
All the proceeds will go to horse owners who need the supplies.
That's the kind of hope and service that Taylor said she wants to bring.
"Now it's not like you have to ask a friend or anything," Taylor said. "There's actually an organization that you can go to that's in this area and you can reach out to directly. This hasn't been swept under the rug any longer."
That silent auction for the nonprofit will be this weekend, July 3rd and 4th at the arena from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.bTaylor said you can even nominate people you know in the community who need this help for horses.