The Houston SPCA seized 207 horses. Of the horses, 30 were euthanized.

Former Quarter Horse Breeder Sentenced to Jail for Animal Cruelty

Herman and Kathleen Hoffman Guilty

A Texas judge sentenced a former Quarter Horse breeder Thursday to the maximum sentence in an animal cruelty case involving more than 200 seized horses.

The judge handed down a one-year jail sentence to Herman Hoffman. A Montgomery County jury convicted him, and wife Kathleen Hoffman, of five misdemeanor counts of cruelty to livestock animals.

The Houston SPCA seized 207 horses in June 2015 from the Premium Star Ranch located on League Line Road in Conroe. The horses lacked basic care leading to their emaciated conditions, open wounds, respiratory infections, and extensive hoof problems. Despite rescue efforts, almost three dozen horses were euthanized or died.

Adopters have given homes to the majority of the American Quarter Horses, however, there are some still not ready for adoption.

The judge sentenced Kathleen Hoffman to 30-days in jail and 18-months probation. Her husband must also pay a $4,000 fine.

The couple filed an appeal.


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