A call from a concerned person Tuesday morning led to a Cleburne man’s arrest on a charge of animal cruelty for neglecting five horses.

In a field near the city limits on Texas 171 south of Cleburne, Animal Control personnel found two horses dead and three that appeared to be in dire condition.

The field, about three acres in size, contained no grass, hay or visible feed for the animals, which police said appeared emaciated and diseased. Sores covered the horses, and their ribs and hip bones were easily visible, according to reports.

Police arrested Michael Greenslade, 49, who lives in a house on the property where the horses were kept, on a charge of animal cruelty. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and one year in jail. Greenslade remains in the Johnson County Corrections Center on $2,000 bail.

The Humane Society of North Texas took the living horses.

Another Cleburne man charged with animal cruelty also remains in jail on a $2,000 bond.

Police arrested Gary Wayne Hicks, 44, of Cleburne on Sunday after several people saw him beat his dog with his fists outside the CiCi’s pizza restaurant on West Henderson Street. Police found the dog, a female pit bull mix named Chopper, dead when they arrived.

Witnesses said the dog would run away but return when Hicks called her back. He beat her at least five times before she died, witnesses said.

Hicks originally said a car struck Chopper, but officers found no such evidence.

Hicks faces a state-jail felony charge punishable by up to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Matt Smith can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2339, or msmith@trcle.com.

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