First let me say that I live in rural upstate SC and take offense to the blanket statement about the care we give our animals.
With that out of the way, I'll ask you if you have gone to the owners of the horse and asked about him - in a polite way? If you haven't, then you have some nerve asking how you can basically steal a horse to get it the care that you think it needs.
Lastly, regardless of your good intentions, you stole a dog. You vetted it and then ultimately stole the dog.
Frankly, even though your intentions may be good, you should be reported to the authorities for your actions. You are over your head and coming on the forum asking for people to help you in your misguided efforts, is wrong.
There are proper channels to go through - stealing is not one of them.
Lastly, it is not winter. We may be in a cold snap and the temp gets into the 30's at night but it's in the 60's during the day.
As for the dog, we CALLED the owner SEVERAL times to come pick him up and take him to the vet. He did NOT show up for the first 2 days after calls, all the while letting us personally do our own vet care for the dog, on the 3rd day, we had no choice but to take him to our vet he was so badly injured beyond our care. Then after a WEEK of having the dog AFTER vetting him (total of 10 days), which, if left untreated would have DIED, he demanded his dog back. I'm sorry, that's just WRONG. If someone calls you to pick up your sick and hurt animal, and you do NOTHING, you forfiet the right to take the high road. I'm not sorry about it at all. We saved that dog's life, and the owner did not care until we fixed the problem. He took no responsibility to come and get the dog from OUR house, and just left it there for us to care for an entire week after we called about 10 times!!! The dog ran back to us after we gave it back. I'm not going to play the "care for my dog for days and days and when I want it I'll get it" game, so I took it to a shelter. He only came and asked about the dog 5 days
after I got it to the shelter! Responsible owner? I even called AC about it, and the same "We'll look into it" response. Should I have just chased the poor creature off our property for it to find someone else or get hit by a car or mauled by more dogs? Really??? You would have just let the dog languish and die? Huh.
As for the horse, I never meant I was going to steal it! I was wondering how to get the AUTHORITIES to take it to a horse shelter. I'm not a thief, despite what you think about the dog situation. And, yes, I left the people a letter in their mailbox with my number if they were interested in finding the horse a home and left my cell number. It was a NICE letter, too. After that, I called AC. So far, nothing. And he is in a bad way. No run in shed, no round bale. Really? I guess you think that's OK for a skin and bones horse? It is COLD at night. No run in shed, no blanket. Really?
And so far, the care to animals that I've seen here sucks. And I moved here from ANOTHER RURAL, no city, no suburban area
, and the care was generally good. But it was ONLY my opinion, but based on my observations, how could I think any different?? We've already had another stray dog come, this time with no tag and it was malnourished, injured, and unaltered too, and then several stray cats with fleas, ticks and unaltered. Oh, and a horse that's basically on death's door. Hard not to feel a little upset about it.