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        12-25-2009, 04:16 AM
    Maybe he's going to eat them too
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        12-25-2009, 10:40 AM
    I think if any one of you saw the horses then you would do the same. I can tell the difference between a horse that just needs some TLC vs. a horse that needs to get out of the situation it's in.

    The horses are in a paddock, too small for them. You need so much room for one horse. The three horses are in one that isn't big enough for one. My horses get winter coats too and they look scuzy but you can't see my horses back and hip bones. You know it must be bad when you can see their hip bones, through the horses winter hair.

    They are standing in a pile of debres, like shingles from the roof, wood, and junk. Things they could all get cut on. I think if the vet did come to give them attention then the vet would do something about the situation they're in. Or atleast tell them to clean up around the area. They have been there for a few months.

    I also understand when people said "i had a horse that looked skinny once, but she was just old". All three of the horses are skinny, even the foal. So something must be wrong.

    They also have no shelter, what so ever, everyday it snows they have snow and ice on them.

    And the fence they have is cow/chicken wire, and they are nailed to the trees. The other side of the fence is wire fence but is wrapped around the tree.

    What if one of the horses gets out and gets hit?. I live on a major road.
        12-25-2009, 10:49 AM
    No offence, but I don't want to go to this guys house to ask him questions. He's a level three sex offender and is on the sex offender registry. He went to jail for assulting girls and just got out this summer. Call me "prejudice" or whatever it may be. But I don't feel comfortable being a 5'1 girl going there.

        12-25-2009, 11:10 AM
    Personally, I would have done the same thing. Yeah, sometimes there's an explanation - but sometimes there's not, and that's when people get defensive and potentially dangerous.

    A registered sex offender? I'm not putting myself in a potentially dangerous situation by confronting the guy. Maybe he'd have a good reason, but that's not worth putting myself in danger.

    I'd rather let him explain himself to the authorities than to me. I'd be calling, and saying, "This is what I see - skinny horses with no shelter. I don't know the story, but can you check it out?"

    The OP did the right thing. When you see things like that you either call the authorities, or try to handle it yourself, and it's ALWAYS better to let a professional do that sort of stuff.

    You just never know what people will do when they are confronted - especially people with dangerous/violent histories.
        12-25-2009, 11:22 AM
    To the OP: And you think that turning him in isn't going to cause any problems? He isn't going to figure out it was you? So this area is loaded with other people living in your area?

    I would be more worried about the registered sex offender just living down the road, if there are a lot of people you would have been better off starting a petition with others in your area about getting him out of there. That would resolve the horse issue along with him.
        12-25-2009, 11:25 AM
    How would he find out it was her? The authorities aren't going to tell him, they legally can't. She doesn't even have to tell THEM her name if she doesn't want to.

    That's just silly.
        12-25-2009, 11:45 AM
    How very sad for those poor horses and the dog. You absolutely did the right thing - those animals can't speak for themselves and the guy is not doing them any favors locking them away if he can't afford to take proper care of them! It makes me so mad, but unfortunately, abuse happens. At least you care - hopefully the authorities will take control and there will be a good outcome to this story!
    The information you report is not going to become public knowldege. You don't even have to give your name in SC - I know you are in NY, but these agencies work by the same rules - they cannot divulge any personal info whatsoever - it's the law.
        12-25-2009, 11:50 AM
    Thanks everybody. I knew some one would understand. Leah & luv, I agree with you girls 100%. When you call in to animal cruelty it's anonymous, or you could give your name and number, in my case, I didn't.

    I thought this site would be the last where I would get critisizm for calling in horse neglect.
        12-25-2009, 11:52 AM
    I also hate to say this but, sex offenders need a place to live too. I think starting a petition would get my name out there and start more problems than it's worth.
        12-25-2009, 12:16 PM
    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    And this is USUALLY the way the situation goes. It could all be cleared up by just asking a question or two.
    Not around here for sure. If you come and ask a question or two about horses looking starved or sick you sure will be kicked off the property. I know several cases it went like that.

    I'm sure the OP can see the difference between horses being indeed starved and sick and horses just hairy and having fun in mud.

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