Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It's fine to check into it, but no, from what you've told me, it's not abuse. Perhaps it's not what we would do, but even if the horses are in a small pen with junk the most you can do is politely talk to the owner and see if you can't persuede him to remove it or help him clean it up. There are no laws about how you keep your horse as long as he's decently fed. Depending on where you live, there may be laws regarding shelter, but unless the animals are being blatantly abused or neglected, most states/provinces won't do much.
Which realistically, is for the best. We may disagree with certain situations, and we may think it's dangerous what people are doing, but as long as the animals are fed and watered, would you really want the law breathing down your neck for the possibility of confiscating your animals everytime you lifted a whip or didn't fix a fence immediately? I wouldn't.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.