Baimbridge says besides the help of Whitaker and Pipkin, he still continues to work with the Houston Humane Society, which has also been working to rescue the horses from Acres Homes. A meeting just yesterday, says Baimbridge, resulted in the decision to offer free microchipping and veterinary care for the local horses, along with continued educational efforts.
After the original article by The Dodo, Baimbridge said he received an overwhelming amount of support - not only from his own Houston department chiefs, but from people all over the United States and "even so far as Sweden and Italy."
Baimbridge says he knows the effort to save the horses being dumped, neglected or outright abused in Houston will be both a long- and short-term project: "I'm hoping within the next three or four months we will have a pretty good hold on things in terms of stemming the flow of horses needing rescue and getting the more egregious cases of neglect addressed."
But changing the minds of the people in Acres Homes might take longer: "It would be two or three years," he says. But, he adds, "my hope is that in that time period, things will change. And those who are driving by a horse tied to a tree, they will slam on their brakes and go, 'What is that?!' - and do something."