Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:54 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 10:06 PM
ZAPATA COUNTY - A video of a pair of horses clinging to life near a boat ramp in Falcon Lake has gone viral among anglers nationwide.
Jeremy Starks, of West Virginia, shot the video Thursday when he was driving to the boat ramp.
"I immediately noticed how emaciated they were and was kind of shocked to see that," Starks said.
"As I'm going around I see one the horses ... that just couldn't get up. It was a lot worse being there than what the video showed. There were some things we didn't film. There was actually a live horse that had been eaten by a coyote and wasn't even dead," Starks said.
Starks said he called the Zapata Sheriff's Department. Deputies took some hay to the horses that day.
He said there were dozens of horses to feed and a few were no longer alive.
"I saw three or four dead ones, just immediately right beside the road, and just couldn't believe it," Starks said.
Starks said he had not visited Falcon Lake in a few years.
"The horse that you saw in the video ... it had tried to stand so many times, kept falling ... it had knocked its teeth out," he said.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are tracking down the owner of the horses.
"TPWD game wardens and Zapata County deputies are continuing their investigation of this incident. As a state conservation agency committed to sustainable and ethical hunting and fishing, TPWD respects life and deplores the unnecessary suffering of any living thing," a statement by the agency said.