Howard County Man Facing Cruelty to Animal Charges

BIG SPRING - A Howard County man has been arrested and charged with Cruelty to Livestock Animals.

Joel Estrella was arrested Tuesday by the Howard County Sheriff's Office.

The Howard County Sheriff's Office seized six horses and two donkeys back on July 13 from property in the Sand Springs area.

The animals have been under the care of a veterinarian, but the Sheriff's Office says one of the horses, which was 18 months old, died as a result of malnutrition.

The remaining five horses and two donkeys are recovering and their health is improving.