As Weather Worsens, Dallas County Finds Itself With Stray Horses, Mules in Need of Homes

horsesforsale.jpg
Two malnourished horses the county took in after they were abandoned.
I know we had some fun earlier in the week with Dallas County's stash of for-sale gas masks, which has climbed to $50 since last we checked. But I see the county's also auctioning off quite a few donkeys, mules and horses -- all of which, says Dallas County Sheriff's Department Deputy Paul Stroud, were found wandering the county in recent weeks. Stroud says they come from all over: Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Garland, even North Dallas.

"Ross Perot's got some horses, and so do some of his neighbors," he says. "There's still a lot of livestock in Dallas County, a lot more than people think."

Which is what he's concerned about. The county auctions off strays occasionally, usually one or two at a time. But this year he's seen an uptick in loose animals. And he's concerned that this is but the beginning: "It'll get worse this year because it's so hot and there's no hay," he says. "I worry that a lot of people are gonna turn 'em out because they can't feed 'em."

donkeysforsale.jpg
It's Stroud's job to round up the animals when they're called in. He spends much of his day in the car, waiting for the ring. I reached him out on the road. When I asked how he was doing, he said, with a small laugh, "The sun's beatin' me down like a brick." But he's got no choice: "Strays are a danger, a road hazard, so when they get out in the roadway and if we don't get 'em, somebody's gonna get hurt."

He says most of the animals auctioned off usually sell, and if they don't they get back in line. Because he's not about to put 'em down. Matter of fact, he's spent quite a bit of time putting some meat on those horses you see above, who, he says, have actually gained weight since they were found in May.

"Luckily there's a lot of good-hearted people out there, and they go to a good home," he says. "Some folks just want to take care of an animal; others want to keep coyotes and critters out of pastures. But either way's fine by me."
My Voice Nation Help
7 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
margie atchley
margie atchley

Paul Stroud seems to be a very hard working Deputy. i t"s nice to know abdonded animals such as the 2 horses found are being cared for.The story touched my heart.Job well done!

Ben
Ben

Letting your livestock out to nibble in the park(unsupervised) is a time honored tradition in South Dallas.

http://img534.imageshack.us/im...

Horses are happy because they don't have to eat hay, matter of fact it gives the city employees sitting under the gazebo a welcome break to kick back and drink beer. 24 oz Natty Lights. Few beers on the job never hurt anybody!

LaceyB
LaceyB

Lincoln Properties will rent to any ass on McKinney Ave. who can come up with $1300 before the 3rd of the month. Big bathtub...er...pool, too. No security deposit!

SCamp
SCamp

Ross Perot has one jackass I am sure he would like to be rid of, but you can't pick family.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I needed that guffaw.Been a long hot day.

Russp
Russp

Just a thought but I wonder if Perot, Madeleine Pickens or some others of that stature would consider fostering these animals until they can be adopted out. 

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...