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post #1 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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This ever happen to you? *rant*

So, I get off work and am driving home when I get a call that the cops and local HS are at my mother's house (where my two horses live) and need to speak with me.
So, this in turn makes me have to call my second job to tell them I will either be really late or may not be able to make it. I drive all the way down there to find out that some moron called 911 to report that my horses were in knee deep mud, starving, no water, and no shelter.

After arriving it became clear to all that it was a BS call. The HS officer said they had already drove around my mom's property, looked all through the small 2 stall barn I have, checked the field, checked the huge (bright blue mind you) water trough, and looked over my horses, ect. by the time I could get there.

Guess what? They had a full clean thing of water (I wash and fill it at least every two days), plenty of hay (beet pulp, grain, and treats too), nice tight fence line, access to BOTH stalls (made into sort of a run in that separates into two stall areas), both horses are a little pudgy but not starving for sure, and that knee deep mud???? Well it was a tad muddy around the gate area due to recent rains....but knee deep, hardly.

Both the cop and the HS officer pretty told me that everything was fine (after having to show them around again, talk forever about obvious crap, ect) and that maybe I should think about putting their feed (when they are fed and also a round bale of hay) out into the field so that whoever called can see that they are being fed. WTF? I flat out told them no....that will waste it here in the rain when it can stay nice and dry and just as available to them in the barn. They then said that they would "try to trace the call" but not to hold out much hope as it was called into 911. Uuummmm.....don't they have a system that records stuff like that or something?


Sorry to rant...just thought it was about stupid and crazy to have to deal with crap like that when there are actual abused and neglected horses out there.......
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 10:45 PM
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Oh God! we have had the state vet called out on us 3 times, because someone kept calling and reporting that our horses were practically dieing. You would think that eventually they would give it up as BS but I guess not
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So, I get off work and am driving home when I get a call that the cops and local HS are at my mother's house (where my two horses live) and need to speak with me.
So, this in turn makes me have to call my second job to tell them I will either be really late or may not be able to make it. I drive all the way down there to find out that some moron called 911 to report that my horses were in knee deep mud, starving, no water, and no shelter.

After arriving it became clear to all that it was a BS call. The HS officer said they had already drove around my mom's property, looked all through the small 2 stall barn I have, checked the field, checked the huge (bright blue mind you) water trough, and looked over my horses, ect. by the time I could get there.

Guess what? They had a full clean thing of water (I wash and fill it at least every two days), plenty of hay (beet pulp, grain, and treats too), nice tight fence line, access to BOTH stalls (made into sort of a run in that separates into two stall areas), both horses are a little pudgy but not starving for sure, and that knee deep mud???? Well it was a tad muddy around the gate area due to recent rains....but knee deep, hardly.

Both the cop and the HS officer pretty told me that everything was fine (after having to show them around again, talk forever about obvious crap, ect) and that maybe I should think about putting their feed (when they are fed and also a round bale of hay) out into the field so that whoever called can see that they are being fed. WTF? I flat out told them no....that will waste it here in the rain when it can stay nice and dry and just as available to them in the barn. They then said that they would "try to trace the call" but not to hold out much hope as it was called into 911. Uuummmm.....don't they have a system that records stuff like that or something?


Sorry to rant...just thought it was about stupid and crazy to have to deal with crap like that when there are actual abused and neglected horses out there.......
I understand looking at it that way - but you could also look at it from the perspective that this means that the officials in your area take EVERY complaint seriously, investigate thoroughly AND will be just as on the ball when teh "actual abused and neglected" animals are reported.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 10:51 PM
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Yup we had a neighbor that would waite till the morning or night that we fed the last bit of hay and then would call on us..mind you my mustang was a rolly polly and the quarter horse mare we had only had a short time from a family that had another horse who wouldn't let her eat so she was a bit skinny but she had a leaner build in general. These jerks called on us 2 times one time the animal control officer wrote a note saying my 'gray arab' was skinny the 'arab' happened to be my mustang who was actually at a perfect weight according to the vet.
My trainer also has a neighbor that calls on her if she doesn't clean her stalls atleast every other day. As well as other BS reasons.
People are rediculous and like to cause needless problems.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I suppose it could be that way. I am thankful that they took the time to check. It was just such a hassle and boy was work mad.

And wouldn't a simple phone call have worked if they had already went through everything and it was all fine? They specifically told my mother that they had to speak with the owner of the horse's.
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No but I've had people at the boarding place tell me I need to stop starving my horse. (This was months ago when I JUST got him and we were building weight and muscle.) Urgh...

But at least your police care about the calls they get and go to investigate. I wish more places did!
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 10:58 PM
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I nearly got evicted recently because someone in my condo building reported my dog as an 'unregistered vicious pitbull'. I got a notice on my door to tell me that I had one week to produce all documentation proving that my dog was neither unregistered nor a pitbull. To add insult to injury, the condo board also told me that I was guilty of not telling THEM about my dog.

A) My dog is registered with the City and I have tags/documents to prove it. She wears her tags 24/7, as required.

B) Although my dog resembles a Pitbull and we are 99% sure that she is a Pit X Rhodesian Ridgeback, we will never know for sure unless a DNA test is ordered. We adopted her from Mexico as a Whippet X. Her rescue documentation, passport and vet records say this as well.

C) I had a written copy of the condo board's approval BEFORE I adopted my dog. I refused to adopt her without proof that she was allowed in my building. The approval has a photo attached, so the board knew exactly what she looked like before approving her.

D) I'm still not sure where the 'vicious' claim came from, because my dog doesn't even growl. Her tail is constantly wagging and she's always happy to see people. She would love to rush up to them and say hello, but I keep her on a short leash because I know some people are scared of dogs like her. I invite anyone to pet her and I've found that parents in this building are more likely to let their kids get right up close to my dog, while they stay a fair distance away. Luckily, Sonya is very good with children and will lay on her belly while kids crawl all over her. I just wish I knew why someone claimed she was vicious.

Within 2 days, I had a written apology and a promise that I would never receive such a notice again. Any other complaints about my dog's breed or size would be ignored from that point on.

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Oh God! we have had the state vet called out on us 3 times, because someone kept calling and reporting that our horses were practically dieing. You would think that eventually they would give it up as BS but I guess not
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Ya, they told me (when someone called about my FAT cared for dogs) that they have to check out EVERY CLAIM. Heh....

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It struck me as funny that the mare I have actually came from the same HS that came out on the call. The guy did not even recognize her. (she looked horrible when she first came to me). Knots in her mane and tail and such.

They didn't have any horse people at the time working with them when she came in and they simply fed her tons of sweet feed and alfalfa hay. They also were not set up to have a horse at the site and had her in a gravel lot back with the big dogs. (not in the same pen...just next to them). Between the dogs, people, high food, ect....the poor girl was going crazy. Simply no one wanted an untamed mustang and they had no idea what to do with her.
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I have a chronically skinny 32 year old and a 30 year old whose weight fluctuates a lot. When we moved them to our new acreage, I made a point to tell all the neighbors how old they were, and that the old guy was old, toothless, and so forth, so that they wouldn't feel worried about him. I also have a regular vet who knows what our routines are. I keep my fingers crossed....
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