I live in WV and the animal cruelty laws are rediculous. There is a guy who lives 4 houses down from me and he has a starving horse in a paddock right next to the road with no shelter but a leafless tree on the other side of the falling apart fence. We've called the police, spca and even PETA. The last horse that was there we managed to get out ourselves and found a rescue 6 hours away that would take it. 400lbs+ underweight. At least the guy didnt beat him. The horse trusted humans perfectly fine.
Also, not to hijack this thread, but if anyone knows of any horse rescues that happen to be in the eastern panhandle/northern va area that have openings, let me know.
Also, that tree that I mentioned is considered shelter here.