I'll keep it simple for now since it is kind of time sensitive.
Basically, a friend of mine rented a pasture to a man for his broodmare band. The stipulations were that he paid a lump sum for the use of the pasture for as long as there was sufficient forage for the horses. There was a cap on the number of horses that were allowed out there.
They have not been able to contact him for about a month now. He was never out often, but one of the foals became ill and they wanted him to get her vet care. They texted, called and left voice messages, but he never responds.
The foal died even after they did get it some care. They had to do the best they could since no vet will touch the foal because they do not own it. They left him more messages to let him know what was happening and that he had to come out and pick up the foal's body as they didn't want it on their property.
He never showed up and there has been no contact. The pasture is now running bare and the owners of the field cannot feed 16 more horses. The police won't do anything.
They don't know what to do. There is no one to call and they cannot feed that many horses, but they also can't get rid of the horses. The cops just told her that she has to take care of and keep the horses until he shows up.
I figured that since horses are really considered property out here over pets, that abandoned property laws might apply? Something.