Cotton County starving horses saved

Cotton County_The Cotton County herd of starving horses 7NEWS first told you about Thursday has been given a second chance at life. The Comanche Nation realized the horses were on tribal land. Even though they do not own them, they seized them from the owner. They said he signed them over without a fuss. They hope to bring the 20 horses left back to good health.

The young horse we told you about Thursday that was unable to stand up had to be put down last night. The owner said his legs were broken and it wouldn't survive. When Comanche Nation officials arrived Friday, they found seven dead horses in the field. So with 7 dead and 20 others down to skin and bones, taking the horses wasn't a tough decision for officials to make especially after so many calls from our viewers. In fact, they wish they would have known sooner. "First question was why we weren't called. Why we didn't come out here because it is Comanche land on both sides of that pasture where those horses were," said Comanche Nation Police Detective Donna O'Brien.

he Comanche Nation took the horses to their complex north of Lawton. "We've got the area there to be able to go ahead and keep them. Keep a close eye on them that way we can look at them everyday all day. Just in case anybody takes a turn, we'll be able to be right there with them," said Comanche Nation horse caretaker Lynn Schonchin.

The road to recovery won't be a short one. Comanche caretakers will gradually increase the horses' feed. They'll add protein and nutrients to their diet.  Within a few months, they hope for the horses to make a full recovery. "That's my expectation. They look bad but I think we'll be able to turn them around get them turned around and get them back up put some weight on them and get them back healthy," said Schonchin.

7NEWS talked to the Oklahoma Director of the Humane Society who was appalled by the site of the herd. She's urging the Comanche Nation and the Sheriff's Department to press animal cruelty charges against the owner. Comanche Nation officials tell me they'll be looking into it. For now, 20 horses is a very big expense for the tribe to take in. Anyone who would like to help the tribe get the horses back to good health can call (580) 492-3789 about making a donation.