Montgomery County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Lanny Moriarty put an end to the suffering of three horses on Tuesday, along with a couple of livestock officers and other investigators when he fined and barred a County Line Road resident from ever having horses on her property again.
Rhonda Bounds, 45, has been the subject of multiple equine abuse investigations spanning several years and has become a familiar face to Pct. 4 Livestock Deputy Don Smith and his partner Deputy Dewayne Morrow, as well as some representatives from the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Around 3:30 p.m. on April 5, Deputies Smith and Morrow responded to a complaint regarding the condition of four horses kept at Bounds’ home, located at 14482 County line Rd. They found Ms. Bounds in the pasture to the right of the house with three horses, while a fourth horse lay dead on the left side of the house Deputy Smith said the lifeless horse had been dead long enough to begin swelling.
Bounds claimed someone poisoned her horses and one died. Deputies Smith and Morrow examined the horse and the area, and found no signs of blood of blood or a struggle. They found water in a trough that was in the back pasture, but there were no signs of hay or feed and the pasture and very little grass.
The county’s attorney presented his side and then Bounds’ attorney said she was willing to forfeit all three remaining horses to the SPCA.
Judge Moriarty ordered that Bounds must repay the $1,310 in charges accrued in relation to the horses prior to court. More importantly, he stipulated that Bounds may never again have any animal on her property that weighs over 150 pounds, which would include horses as well as many farm animals and large dog breeds.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden was pleased with the outcome.
“I wish we’d been able to save all four horses, but I’m thankful three of them will now receive proper care,” he said. “This was not the first deceased horse removed from Ms. Bounds’ property and without Judge Moriarty’s ruling, it might not have been the last.”
“Animals can’t speak for themselves and these are fortunate that someone saw their situation and reported it,” Constable Hayden said. “I encourage anyone who sees defenseless animals or children being neglected or abused to do the right thing and report it.”