A horse farm owner has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he neglected and abused horses at his home in the Houston suburb of Hammelton.
Authorities said they were called to the Hammelan family farm on Wednesday to investigate a complaint from a neighbor that a horse was left on the property unattended for hours.
Authorities were first called to Hammelon by a neighbor who said she had seen a horse being restrained and beaten by a man who was not the man who owned the farm.
Authorities say a witness to the incident reported that the man was holding a large piece of metal that was being used to beat the horse, and then the horse was kicked by the man and dragged across the property.
Authorities did not say if the witness saw the horse being beaten.
A second witness who witnessed the incident told police that he saw a horse tied up and the owner of the property holding a piece of steel that was used to break the horse’s neck, and that the owner then kicked the horse to the ground.
Hammelont Police Department Sgt. Ryan Williams said Hammelons Animal Control Department responded to the scene, and found a horse that was unresponsive, and had a metal pole attached to it.
Williams said the animal was found on the side of the road.
The owner of Hamelons farm was identified as Gary Hammond, 51, of the 3200 block of W. Piedmont Lane.
Hamelon police said they arrested Hammond after they spoke with him, and he was charged with four counts of animal abuse.
The Hammelans farm is located in a small area in the southwest part of the Houston area, about three miles west of the town of Hamelin.
A woman who lives in the home told CBS News that Hammond abused her horses and neglected them.
She said that she was shocked by the charges against him, because she had never heard of anyone being charged with abuse or neglect in Hammeltons history.
She told CBS affiliate KHOU that the incident came to light after a neighbor complained to her about the animals behavior.
Hamelin Police Chief Paul Brown said that the charges were filed based on the initial information that came in, and Brown said the charges could potentially lead to more arrests.
Hamlin Police Department Officer Michael Williams said that Hammond is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
He said that authorities had to be cautious when it came to releasing information about the case.
“There are a lot of people that want to see justice served, and they are very upset,” Williams said.
He added that the Hamelin family farm has been in the news a number of times before.
In March, Hamelin police charged a man with animal abuse after a horse named Rocky was found abandoned at the property, and authorities were investigating that case.
In December, Hammelun Police arrested a man after they said they received a report that a man had been beating a horse, who had been on the farm, for days.
The man was later released on bond after pleading no contest to animal abuse, according to a news release from Hammelen Police Department.
Hammers farm is owned by the Hammond family, who are known to own some of the country’s biggest farms.
Hammonds neighbor told KHOU, “The guy kept a lot to himself.
He didn’t have a lot.”
A person who lives across the street from Hammens farm, said that Hammelins owner had a history of not paying his bills.
“We have seen him, I’ve seen him here a lot, and I don’t know how many times he hasn’t paid them in a week,” said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“He just doesn’t seem to care about paying.
The Houston Chronicle contributed to this report.”
I’ve been in this business for 30 years, and nothing has happened,” the person said.
The Houston Chronicle contributed to this report.