Hoping someone might have some advice...I beieve no matter how I proceed I will be left with the responsibility and want to know where I stand legally if I have to surrender horses to the RSPCA.
I have been looking after (letting graze in my paddock for free, water and general keeping eye on) a friend's two horses. I made it clear that they would have to go when I eventually find my own horses. That time has now come. From 'no problem and thanks' she is now suggesting that she may send horses to meatworks.
I won't go into the morals of her choices or my feelings on the matter.
Suffice to say that I think it very probable that I will be left to deal with the horses myself. The only thing I most certainly won't do is send them to the meatworks. Do I have to assume legal responsibility for them to give them away or surrender them to RSPCA? What steps would I have to take? I have tried to contact my local RSPCA all day and left messages but they are hopelessly understaffed and I don't think I will hear back from them.
I assume I would need to get some sort of statement from her to give the horses to me in the first place but I am not willing to allow her to drag that out for weeks. I need to know what action I can take in the event that I am left with two horses and nothing in writing.
I am sure there will other people out there with a similar expereince who might be able to give me some pointers?