11-21-2009, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Actually, what you're talking about are the local ACOs, and not the humane society.
The ASPCA is the governing body for the state SPCAs, and the ACOs fall under their jurisdiction, as well as the legislation concerning the county in which they work.
Depending on where you live, the only things that legally have to be provided are food and water. Shelter doesn't even have to be provided in some places.
Hay is considered food, regardless of whether or not you think it's edible. Some people never feed grain, and I only feed a smidge of it. Healthy horses who are getting good quality hay and plenty of it, rarely need grain. So on that point, as long as the horses are getting hay and water, they are being fed.
You need to know your state and county laws before you continually harass the ACOs about 'doing something'. If the letter of the law is being maintained by the horse owner, the ACO's hands are legally tied.
So the first thing you need to do, is research your local laws concerning the care and welfare of animals.
It's nice to be passionate about something, but you need to educate yourself before you can successfully fight the powers that be. I know how frustrating it is, because I'm going through the same thing where I live.
An excellent post, SR!