HOUSTON Neighbors found a horse starved to death in front of an abandoned home on Maxroy in north Houston Thursday and a starving but still alive 3-year-old black Labrador leashed with an electrical cord in a barren front yard.

Now police are offering a reward to find the person or persons who left the animals to die.

It s embarrassing as a resident of Houston that this is going on in our city, said Monica Schmidt with the Houston Humane Society where the dog is being nursed back to health. And we need to stand up and be a voice for those that can t protect themselves.

Unfortunately we weren t there in time to save the horse. And if we hadn t stepped in when we did it was only a matter of time before the dog had the same fate.

It s horrible, said one neighbor at the intersection of Maxroy and DeSoto, who asked that his name not be used.

The neighborhood is among the poorest in Houston. The horse carcass, expected to be removed in the next few days by city workers, is now part of the neighborhood roadside debris that includes car tires, discarded furniture and other trash.

Neighbors told investigators that the home had been abandoned for several months and that they had been throwing food over the front fence to the animals. But a passerby was the first to call police when they noticed the horse was down.

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the identity of the person or persons who left the animals behind to starve to death. That number where you can leave an anonymous tip is (713) 222-TIPS.

The dog, meanwhile, is expected to survive and eventually be put up for adoption.

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