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post #1 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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awkward situation about neglected animals

Heres the story..
Iv a family friend that has two jack donkeys, 1 mini mare and a mini stallion, and 3goats. They started buying these animals because they inhertied some land (8acres) and had always dreamed of having a we farm.

Heres the problem..
Before buying these animals I tryed to speak to this person that its a 24/7 job having these type of animals,and costs alot! They dont have a clue about caring for them. Firstly they are all running together in the same field, the poor we mare is tortured! even by the goats. Iv tryed talking to him about getting them castrated, or even dividing the field, they never get wormed, never get there feet trimmed, never get even a basic clean. And have to live the whole year on the grass, there is plently of grass (the animals arent thin) but the grass is really old, has virtually no colour so id say it has very little nutrients in it, I think it would need ploughed and re-sowed. In the winter I actually went down in the evenings when I knew no-one would be about and threw them as much hay as I could carry. There was a stampede! And the poor pets had no shelter from the snow, wur all huddled together in a corner. I would land out days now with big buckets of feed to get them a bit of nourishment, and the man just says aww i'll have to try that stuff.. never happens. Iv have tryed to explain the health problems that the animals will have if their not wormed and how theyll be in pain if they dont get their feet trimmed, but its just always the same answer, "aw ill have to look into that"...The man clearly does not have the experience or money to care for these animals and doesnt seem to realise it. Thinks that if theyv the grass and a bucket of water you never have to look at them!
I really dont know what to do, I dont want to keep harping on to this man because hes a very close family friend and is so nice and I dont want a falling out but I am always waiting to hear somethings happened one of the animals.

What would you do??
My boyfriend sugguested making an anonymous call to the local animal welfare trust to see if they could go out and talk some sense into him but Id be so afaird hed find out it was me!

I know thats probably the only solution but has anyone any other suggestions before id ring..
Any advice welcomed!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 03:31 PM
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At this point, as much as I hate to say it, you need to just back off and let him find out things the hard way. He obviously isn't wanting any input from you and is blowing you off. If things get bad enough, then animal control will step ing but right now, if they have feed, water and are in good weight, at least here in the US there's nothing they can or will do.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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yey i totally see what your saying, its just hard not to say anything, so frustrating!
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I have no doubt that the mare is pregnant. So he has a bunch of new troubles coming his way..
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 03:56 PM
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Call them in

As hard as it may be they should be reported. Depending on the state, requirements for animal care varry but if they do not have shelter and do not have the proper vet care they actually can be in violation of state law. Call the animal humane society and they can tell you if he is violating any laws. It can take several years before anything is done about it though but at least you tried.
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I would report them asap. They clearly don't realize and won't realize the care these animals have to be given.

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Originally Posted by poppy1356 View Post
Depending on the state, requirements for animal care varry
Am in Ireland, not sure what level they let it go to before they would step in. Am gona do a bita research on the web to see if I can find out. I also heard that some animal charitys wont take annonymous calls now because their always getting prank calls, youd think people had nothing better to do with their time!
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Originally Posted by lubylol View Post
I have no doubt that the mare is pregnant. So he has a bunch of new troubles coming his way..
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Yes, I had thought about that, luckly no foal yet. The mare is about 14 and doesnt seem to be coming into heat regulary... btw I signed that petition about the horse carriages!
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 04:21 PM
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Please STOP feeding these animals. As much as you want to if one of them got sick from you feeding them you could potentially be charged. Animal control will do NOTHING at this point, they are not being abused, they have food, and water. Animal control will really not care.

Edit: That came out really harsh, I'm not saying I don't care, just in law they are not being abused calling them would be waste of time. They have everything they need according to animal control.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by palominolover View Post
Please STOP feeding these animals
I understand what your saying and I agree. Iam just taking them out some basic stable mix and beet pulp to try and get some nutrients into them. During the summer there was plently of grass, nearly to much for minis, but currently theres not alot going out there (he wont buy hay) and I would call in once maybe twice a wk on my way home from feeding my own horses. When its divided out they probably get about 2mouth fulls each. Not alot. Iv only been doing it for the last couple of wks, I am more doing it hoping that the man will cop on, because I always show him what their getting, what amount and how to make the beet pulp.. I just dont want it to get to the stage where something keels over
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