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post #11 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 04:30 PM
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The way things have gone in Ireland, you are going to struggle to get anybody to come out and have a look at them. The ISPCA is overflowing with unwanted horses/donkeys and neglect cases are flowing in like a river. There are horses being left off on roadsides/in bogs - there was a story about a donkey shot in the head and left to die in a bog somewhere in Meath - he ended up being rescued by a place in ballivor but died from his injuries. There was another story of a mare, also found in a bog, with a broken leg and left to try and survive.

I think, as hard as it is going to be, you need to step back and let them sort their own pets. If you keep helping them, he's not going to see anything wrong because they won't lose any condition. You've done your best to try and educate him, just try and be there when he's ready to listen.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thats offal, I hate hearing stories like that. See I dont realy want to see the animals getting took of the man because he really does love having them, he just doesnt have a clue! I just think if the local animal rescue could come out and explain what he has to do to look after them then i think hed listen. and maybe realise that its alot of money and maybe sell some of and just have one or two. An amount that he could cope with and enjoy having..
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 04:48 PM
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I know your position, I truly do. I used to keep my horse on the property of a guy who did the same basic thing, except worse. 3 big mares, two mini stallions, a mini gelding, tons of goats and roosters, a sheep, and a llama. The llama got froze to the ground by his hair and died. The black stally that I truly loved with a passion was kicked to death after sticking his nose in one of the mare's rear because she was in heat (he finally got the sense to separate the minis and mares). A mare died because he hosed her down in freezing water then threw a wet towel on her in 100 degree weather; her leg got tangled in the loose lead rope. She colic-ed and had a sore leg. The woman who tried to tell this man something was really wrong told me the little grey yearling could barely walk back to her pasture. Her pasture mates gave pity on her condition and killed her - thank god those mares were smarter than their owner. An old man who lived on the RV area helped me attempt to nurse a baby goat who had intestinal problems (we guessed) and died horribly before we could get enough money to take him to the vet. Needless to say, this man is now banned from Oklahoma and has warrants out the ass here. I imagine he's also got warrants else-where at this point. :(

The best you can do though is leave it be, watch them from afar. If the conditions get much worse, report them. Repeatedly. Tell others, show others, have them report. Bug the crap out of animal rescue if you must. :(

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for responding everyone, just needed to hear some other opinions before doing anything. I think ill back of for a while, see what happens, If things dont improve out there iv a friend thats just started as a vetinary nurse at the local practice, maybe see if they could call up, say they were just passing an noticed the animals and their condition. and not involve me. something like that might do the trick. Well, thanks again
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