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Judge reschedules hearing on neglected Schwartz Farms horses

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar called the situation at Schwartz Farms heartbreaking referring to the condition of the horses.

Dozens of animal supporters showed up early for an afternoon hearing in Bexar County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 court Monday.

It was a hearing to decide the permanent custody of 46 horses that were removed by warrant 10 days ago, after reports of animal cruelty.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar called the situation at Schwartz Farms heartbreaking referring to the condition of the horses.

They are now in the temporary custody of Meadow Haven Horse Rescue being fed and also getting some much needed veterinary care.

Today Schwartz Farms operator, Andy Schwartz' attorney asked for a continuance, arguing he need more time.

Judge Rogelio Lopez granted the continuance and also a request for evidence from the state's attorney.

Former Schwartz Farms Manager Audrey Lusk was saddened by the judge's decision to delay the hearing.

"I'm very disappointed that Andy is getting the opportunity to drag this out further," Lusk said. "The people that are involved in this have had enough heartache and that animals that are still at the farm have had enough neglect."

The warrant for removal of the horses includes chickens, goats, rabbits and pigs, but they are still at the farm.

Salazar explained the smaller livestock did not appear to be malnourished or in need of immediate care.

He also said the county does not have the resources at this time, although they will continue to investigate.

The hearing has been rescheduled for July 25.

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