08-15-2012, 11:25 PM
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Animal control" varies HUGELY from one area to another. Different states have different laws and even within a state, levels of enforcement can be totally different in different areas. Most animal control officers, cruelty rescues etc. are SWAMPED as a result of hay prices, drought, the economy and lack of funding for staff and/or enforcement. Sometimes it can take a long time to get their attention and then actually taking action can take even longer.
I know for a fact that in our county, there is ONE person who responds to these problems in addition to his regular duties in law enforcement and that person has no experience with horses and there's no shelter for horses. Cats and dogs yes, but the county can't afford to take in horses. There's a private rescue organization that depends on donations and they are swamped.
You can't always depend upon "animal control" to take immediate action. Even if they have the resources and want to, state laws may make make it very difficult. I have no idea where Utah stands in regard to animal welfare, but I do know that some states do a MUCh better job than others. For a horse, it's very much the luck of the draw, depending on where he lives.