DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A sad discovery for animal lovers Thursday. The SPCA says it found four dead horses, and rescued seven others in bad shape.

It happened along the 2000 block of Wagon Wheel Trail near Loop 12 and Lancaster Road in Oak Cliff.

The SPCA says it first received a complaint Wednesday about the condition the horses were in on the property.
Now the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending against the owner of the horses.

On Thursday, the SPCA and deputies returned and rescued seven horses.

They say four dead horses remain on the property.

The SPCA says there was no water, and that the horses couldn’t reach the little food that was left. So instead, the horses ate bark and twigs off the trees.

“Horses generally do not eat bark and twigs.  In fact, it has little to no nutritional value for them. That is a sign of a horse that’s desperate for food, that a horse is so desperately hungry that it will eat anything rather than starve,” says Maura Davies with the SPCA of Texas.

The SPCA says it is now caring for the rescued horses. A custody hearing will take place next Friday morning.