Horse advocates: Family owes $250K for care

Animal advocates say the family of a former South Carolina agriculture official owes them more than $250,000 for caring for dozens of starved horses.

Attorneys for the Humane Society argued Monday in federal court papers that Terry Trexler and his mother owe them the money.

Trexler, his brother James, and their mother, Hazelene, were accused last year of mistreating horses living on land they either owned or managed. Authorities seized nearly four dozen horses, and the Trexlers face misdemeanor and felony animal abuse charges.

James Trexler resigned his post as assistant agriculture commissioner.

Terry and Hazelene Trexler's lawsuit against prosecutors, veterinarians and the Humane Society for false accusations is still ongoing.