Breeder charged with animal cruelty sues couple over horses

CONROE, TX (KTRK) -- The Conroe man at the center of a massive horse seizure in June 2015 and charged for alleged animal cruelty is suing a Cut and Shoot couple.

Herman Hoffman, who allegedly neglected and abused more than 200 horses at his Conroe horse ranch, claims Leslie "Buddy" Maybin and Kelly Maybin took five of those horses without paying for them after agreeing to do so in a lawsuit filed in early April.

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In the lawsuit, Hoffman claims he and the Maybins came to an agreement where Hoffman would sell them nine horses for $150,000. According to the lawsuit, Buddy Maybin came and picked up five of them on June 23 without paying for them but reportedly promised to pay Hoffman the next day.

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