Dallas County Searches Property For Malnourished Horses

SEAGOVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County authorities responded to a farm Monday where a man is accused of hoarding nearly 300 starving horses and found about a tenth of that number.

Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies spent the afternoon combing owner Vincent Offord’s property, searching for signs of neglect.

An animal rescue group sent authorities a number of photos after seeing a roadside ad offering a “buy a horse, get one free deal.” The photos featured malnourished and dead animals, triggering the investigation, department spokesman Raul Reyna said.

“What we believe right now, and this is before we get all the evidence and everything put together, is that he was trying to get help for the horses,” Reyna said. “So, he was trying to do the right thing; what we believe so right now.”

Angela Tilley, a member of the group Throwaway Ponies, brought a trailer Monday to remove a pony that she says won’t survive one week in the cold weather.

She said members of the group found a “massive graveyard of nothing but entire horse skeleton bones” and have seen hungry horses eating bark off nearby trees.

Police found nothing of the sort during the investigation Monday.

“I feel like he’s a hoarder,” Tilley said. “He’s admitted to various parties that he has 300 horses on the properties.”

Offord denies those claims, saying he’s baffled as to why authorities launched the investigation. He pointed to hay bales as proof that his horses –– police found 38 of them Monday –– are being fed. He also has veterinarian bills that show medical care.

“Why do they wanna take my horses? I feed my horses everyday,” he said. “I’m a horse carer. I care about horses.”

Reyna says the initial investigation points to Offord buying sick horses at auctions so they can be nursed back to health and resold.

He denies taking on more than he can handle, but says he could use financial help for better care.

“All of them get their checkbooks together, give me $10,000 and we can make these look like mountains,” Offord said.

Late Monday, Offord offered to give the horses away to anyone with a trailer that can safely haul them.

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  • Kelly murphy

    There is a man off 175/beltline with about 500 horses that are sick ! He goes by the name (shine) ! He is a black male and bald ! Hes sold me and my wife 3 sick horses !1 died ,the other 2 barely made it ! He puts dead horses at the very back of his property! He also stuck it to my wifes uncle ! And a few others we know ! We are members of dallas county cowboy church and love and respect all animals ! Mr kelly murphy & deann murphy 972(201-7638

    • Angela Tilley

      That is the same man featured in the news article…police refuse to act. The police didn’t search the entire property as they stated and keep saying there isn’t a case despite horses that need medical care and are so hungry they are eating bark off trees. The police only went where Shine allowed them to go. The hay bales were brought in for the media today. If they had been there a while they wouldn’t be faded and not bright yellow. The bale on the back of the property was “dirt hay” made up of twigs. Of course Shine avoided the mass graveyard with the police even though we had 5 witnesses and photos! The horse shown in this news cast were the GOOD horses. The ones we took photos of were skeletons and now moved to the back of property as you mentioned in your post as well. Authorities aren’t doing anything to help these horses. This is a crime.

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  • Angela Tilley

    The police only found a tenth of the number of horses because they weren’t looking. He has over 100 acres and we stood on the front lot and viewed horses he penned up for us to see. What is wrong with this picture?

  • Advocate

    This is very typical of the help animals receive from “the authorities.” My colleagues and I have begged and pleaded for over a decade for law enforcement agencies to help suffering animals in various situations – with minimal results. Dallas County Sheriff’s office is the worst. Don’t know why they even get out of bed in the morning – but you can bet they will stand up for the abuser in any animal situation – instead of putting forth the energy that would be required to help the animals.

  • Gail

    I visited this property today & was totally shocked by what I saw! WHY are these horses still there? How can we get them removed? This broke my heart, there HAS to be SOMEBODY that can and WILL do something!

  • MiMi

    Shine NEVER had 300 horses…about 100 yes, but not 300!!! I know Shine and I DON’T like him but I can say he never had that many horses. I can say I am GLAD he finally got busted thanks to little birdies putting words in folks ears!

  • Kim

    I am getting info on an Equine rescue authority. I have passed their info on once before with great results. Will post when I get it.

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