Judge rules seized livestock remain in custody of rescuer

Owner of seized livestock: They're "like my kids"



UPDATE: (KYTX) - Longview City Judge Larry Merriman ruled Friday morning that two horses and two cattle taken from a home Monday on Brent Road to remain in the custody of an animal rescuer.

The livestock is being held in a quarantine area.

Safe Haven Executive Director Richard Fincher said the horses had worms, hooves in poor shape and were dehydrated with respiratory infections likely caused by inhaling excessive dust.

Fincher submitted a bill into evidence for veterinary services that have cost more than $1200 since seizing Monday.

Richard Dutch, who owned the livestock, represented himself in court. Dutch disputed claims of abuse and neglect against the animals.

Dutch's estranged wife, Sherry Dutch, testified for City Prosecutor Terry Jackson, saying the livestock were rescued before Richard Dutch took ownership of them during their divorce proceedings.

Dutch also testified that he has been unemployed and had difficulty feeding the animals. He said he was about to transfer the animals to a private pasture in the Pritchett Community in Upshur County.


UPDATE: LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A hearing is taking place at Longview City Hall to determine whether four animals should be officially seized from Longview property owner.


KYTX CBS 19 will bring updates as they become available.


Animal control officers and volunteers from East Texas' Safe Haven Equine Rescue seized two horses and two cows while executing a warrant at a property on the northwest outskirts of Longview Monday afternoon. Several hours later, the owner of the livestock arrived to find them gone and said he would fight to get them back.

"That one there, the blue one is full right now," Richard Deutsch, the owner, said as he pointed out a water trough. "That's not stagnant in any way at all. You can tell I didn't just pour no water in there."

Deutsch showed CBS 19 what appeared to be an adequate supply of water and plenty of hay.

"Did you see the animals? All of them are fat," he said.

Three hours earlier, the people from Safe Haven were struggling to take these animals off the property.

"There's no foliage out there," Safe Haven Executive Director Richard Fincher said. "What hay is out there has got feces all over it."

Fincher said the food and water he found was bad, and that neighbors neighbors feeding the horses and calves out of sympathy, which animal control officers agreed with.

"If it wasn't for the neighbors, these animals would be skin and bones," Fincher said.

The horses and calves will go to a vet and then to a temporary home. Deutsch said he'll fight to get them back.

"Since I really don't see my kids that much, they're more or less like my kids," he said.

Deutsch's court date to plead his case for the seized animals has been set for July 26.

Click here for more information on Safe Haven Equine Rescue.


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