Save the Horses

For: True Blue Animal Rescue
United States
Organizer: Melanie DeAeth
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The Story

We are fighting to protect horses like Josie. She and 9 others that were removed from their neglectful situation will be returning to the neglectful owner unless we are able to have the ruling changed in another court. Please help us by donating toward the expense that this battle will cost. Read on for more details. 

True Blue Animal Rescue vs Waller Co, Texas

On July 10, 2015, 34 cruelly treated horses were seized from Kathie Digilio from her property. Felony charges have been against Ms. Digilio regarding the horses which are pending.

True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) was requested by Waller County to care for the horses. True Blue Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected animals. As part of this mission they support law enforcement by taking in animals that need to be removed from a neglectful or abusive situation. TBAR has been caring for the 34 horses since they were seized now 15 months ago.

On September 2, 2016, the Justice Court entered an Order of Disposition that all 34 horses were cruelly treated. However, the Order also included the return of 7 of these horses to Ms. Digilio, her pick. Three horses were supposed to be transferred to a buyer who allegedly bought them before the seizure in 2015. The 7 horses picked by Ms. Digilio are all mares. Two of the three horses that were supposed to have been purchased before the seizure are stallions (one still a colt). The rest of the horses, 24 of them, were awarded to TBAR.

On October 3, 2016, TBAR filed an injunction against Waller County in the district court challenging the return of horses to Ms. Digilio and the alleged buyer, and is seeking to be fully reimbursed for the care given to the 34 horses. On the same day TBAR filed suit, a “Supplemental Order” was issued by the Justice Court that states the 24 horses awarded to TBAR were “unintentionally mistreated.” Seven horses were awarded to Ms. Digilio and 3 to the alleged buyer as stated above in the “supplement”.

The injunction filed by TBAR was granted on October 6, 2016. A hearing on the injunction has been set for November 21, 2016. TBAR is represented by Ms. Zandra Anderson, a trial attorney specializing in animal law. With her animal law knowledge and strength of fortitude True Blue Animal Rescue knows they are offering the horses the best chance possible.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 22, 2016

Posted on November 22, 2016

Please help us save the horses. We found out today that we had to go to a higher court. The judge didn't rule for us but he didn't rule against. We don't want to give up but we need your help to keep fighting. No donation is too small. 

Posted on November 22, 2016

Posted on November 22, 2016

We went to court so the judge could decide on the temporary restraining order only to find out that we have to go to a higher court. We still need your help to raise the money to continue to help these horses. If everyone who reads this donates $25 we'll be able to keep fighting. Please donate and share. 

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