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 don't 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 don't 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 don't know what to do, I don't want to keep harping on to this man because he's a very close family friend and is so nice and I don't 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 that's probably the only solution but has anyone any other suggestions before id ring..
Any advice welcomed!!