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post #1 of 26 Old 09-29-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Animal Abuse down my street

Okay so I am not going to put names or locations but this person lives down the street from me. Over the years he has owned a number of horses. Why? So he can receive a tax write off since he has no job and is a drunkard. When i was young, they had one horse, she really was a nice horse but she started to run in a panic because her field companion( which was taken well care of) trailered to a lesson. Their soultion? Tie the horse to a CINDER BLOCK. The horse kept running, broke its shoulder from the cinder block and in the end was put down.

Then came along a chestnut mare. along with 2 other horses around the same time, a mini and a paint. The paint and chestnut were sweethearts. Could have SO much potential. However the man does not feed the horses, pastures are filled with poop and weeds. The chestnut over the years progressively got skinnier and during the winter, died of starvation and lack of warmth. The paint was skinny as well and well the mini is actually in good shape.

We have called animal control over and over again. I can even count how many times they have come out. They say they are "slighty" underweight and say they cant do anything. Makes me SO mad. I went to visit the horses and the water was green and gross. i smelt something bad and looked at the paint and the halter clip was IN the skin. raw and infected, the skin was even starting to grow on the halter. Animal control AGAIN didnt do anything. Makes me sick.

After years and years of trying to saving these sweet animals, we have given up and a animal lover has been gradually feeding them hay and they are in great shape because of her. I know we shouldnt be HELPING this man keep his horses but all other attempts have failed.


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post #2 of 26 Old 09-29-2010, 10:54 PM
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How about calling a local newspaper or TV reporter? Sometimes it takes a squeaky wheel, yes?
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Totally unrelated but are horses a tax write off? How do I do that!?

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It may be worth it to try to educate this man. Sounds like a classic case of an uninformed owner. People outside of the horse world look at horses as beasts of burden. They think that since there are wild horses, if you give them a pasture and a mediocre water source, they will not only survive, but thrive. Offering up help and education is better than calling animal control who is probably swamped with horses in iminent danger.
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post #5 of 26 Old 09-29-2010, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Deerly View Post
Totally unrelated but are horses a tax write off? How do I do that!?
That's what I was wondering too. I thought maybe it was just where the person is located but I am also in Maryland and I have never heard of such a thing.
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we thought about that, we also thought about contacting his brother who actually OWNS the property and who is a well known lawyer and obviously he wont want abusive behavior being associated, somehow it never worked, apparently its not important enough to know horse people. and i have tried to get pictures over the years but now that they are looking better, i really cant do much. im gonna offer the man if i could lease the pony and start to gain his muscles back so the little girl in my neighborhood who rides could maybe ride him. If i leased him, then at least i could have some control of the health of the horses.

and LCharvon, we have tried to tell him on how to care for the horses. we have even given him blankets for the horse during the harsh winters. he doesnt use them, he has an extra paddock that has grass, wont use it, the horses shelter collapse during our massive snow storm, so the horses have really no usable shelter. He is an alcoholic and is so extremely ignorant, for example, his drive way is on a dangerous corner, people for one speed on it and cant see around the turn plus we have a HUGE deer problem...a car came around the turn, a deer jumped out, and the car hit his mail box. When he found out he made a big sign saying "YOU COULD OF KILLED ME YOU IDIOT" things like that are just a little bit odd about him. My mom many many many years ago accidently hit his dog coming around that same turn, the dog was okay but yelped and ran straight to his house and my mom knocked on his door apologizing and saying if he acts weird its because of her and that he will need veterinary care. His response? "are you crazy? you didnt hit my dog, my dog is over there". It was in fact the dog she hit. Its all just a bit weird


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Originally Posted by Deerly View Post
Totally unrelated but are horses a tax write off? How do I do that!?
it might not be called a tax right off but he doesnt even have the requirements of recieving it but he gets it somehow. Its like an argricultural tax write off i think? You get it when you have a certain amount of horses or goats or chickens etc. My mom knows more about it then i do


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If the horse has an ingrown halter, then that IS something that animal control should be interested in. Have you called the local humane society? Something? A horse living like that obviously needs better care. Often times you can talk to the person who owns the animal, tell him about the situation, give him the number of a vet, and say that if it isn't taken care of, you will call animal control. A lot of times that will make people start paying attention.

I would take pictures of the animals at their worst, and be persistant with animal control if the man won't take care of his animals. It sounds like they need better care.
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post #9 of 26 Old 09-30-2010, 12:09 AM
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I wouldn't take pictures. If he finds out you do that, you could open yourself up to a lot of issues. Let the authorities deal with the picture taking.

As long as the horses are being fed and watered, the authorities won't do much. That's because the people who prosecute those cases won't often take them on.

If there is abuse like ingrown halters, lack of vet care, that is completely different.

Do you think it could be that the people you called did go out and look at the situation and determine that there wasn't a real problem?

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post #10 of 26 Old 09-30-2010, 08:32 AM
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I've heard of broodmares being deductibles on your taxes.
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