Thursday, January 22, 2009

When Animal Control won't help

Abuse and neglect seem to be pretty common in the horse world. Unfortunately, I've also heard from a lot of people that Animal Control is generally pretty reluctant to get involved. In most states horses are considered livestock, and the law tends to be much more lenient here. What constitutes clear abuse or neglect among cat and dog owners often isn't given a second thought when it's a horse or a cow.

But just because Animal Control doesn't want to hear it, doesn't mean you have sit back and take it! Here's an ingenious way to raise awareness: Post a fake ad on Craigslist, complete with pictures of the poor starving mare!

Yep, this is real — some loser was starving their mare, so a concerned neighbor took some pictures and posted a fake ad on Craigslist. The pictures were horrific, and word traveled like wildfire throughout the online horse world. According to this thread, the resulting furor did succeed in the horse getting veterinary attention, and the owners are being charged with animal cruelty.

Be sure to read the last page of the thread, though. It turns out the mare had to be euthanized because she had been starved for so long. At least the poor girl had a humane death. Does anyone know whether the sheriff's office followed through, and charged the owners?



At January 22, 2009 at 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish there wasn't a distinction between pets and livestock. I don't care if it's a cow or a cat, there's no excuse for starvation, neglect, and abuse. It cruelty to an animal either way.

At January 22, 2009 at 9:31 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

I hate this, I just noticed a realy thin horse just around the corner from me, she is under 10 yrs I know and shouldnt be that thin. The owner is out there a lot, I mean I see her out there a lot, but I know her and she also does not believe in graining her horses. They do not have a barn, but a crude tarp shelter. There are two of them right now, but their mother is missing, she blanketed the old mare so I cant see what condition she is in. She only feeds local hay which is 6%protien, not enough for this cold and snow we have had. I have worked with this person and known her for a long time, but not as a freind. I am tempted to take pics but she also has her horses on another neighbors property so they would be the first ones questioned.
the little mares ribs and hipbones are prominant, when do you call animal control? I didnt get a good look at the other mare, because I was trying to see how bad the little one was.


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