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post #41 of 48 Old 08-17-2012, 04:59 AM
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I think you are doing the right thing, to many people just report animal abuse and them walk away and the system looks at it and they walk away until the animal dies the barn owner could leave his the horse owner address out on his desk and you could look at it

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post #42 of 48 Old 08-17-2012, 09:28 AM
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The owner of the horse may have no idea that this is going on. For that matter, the person that is paid to take care of the horse may have no idea that they are not doing a good job. I would find out who the owner is and give them a call.
Chances are, things will change.
If they don't care, then I would contact the local news media. Bad news press is extremely powerful.

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post #43 of 48 Old 08-17-2012, 10:15 AM
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Animal control or the Humane society always does nothing. I have never gotten them to care one ounce for a barn full of slipper toed, skinny horses who had been standing in their own feces for years, or a tb that was so underweight I was surprised he was still standing. No horse case that I have called about have ever gotten any results from any authority.

The one thing that did change was a pets store I called about who had sickly reptiles for sale and water turtles without any water. That's all.

So it doesn't surprise me that the authorities just shrugged and walked away.

As for the rescue, I'm surprised you got a rescue to work with you. It's hard, since they are so packed. But this rescue needs to step up and take responsibility for the case that they want to work. You aren't part of the rescue, you don't work for the rescue. Don't do anything for the rescue. It will get you into trouble. You did your part in getting the rescue in. Now it's time to back off and let them work. If they come to get the horse, don't touch it or load it. You want none of the legal poop that can and will hit the fan in cases like this.

You did your part, now it's time to do theirs.

Rescues have an amazing ability to persuade authorities into getting them to work with them. They also have amazing abilities in getting the owners to sign over a horse without getting a court order. They have a good push and pull.

You did what you were obligated to do. Now just step back and let the ball roll on course.
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post #44 of 48 Old 08-21-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I contacted animal control again. I told them they needed to do something and the officer I talked to said that they had all the contact information for everyone in the riding club and he would give the owner a call. I tried following up with him today and he never got back to me.

I also texted a photo of one of the horses to my sister and she sent it to a news station. They said that people always love stories about animals and that they would pick up the story. I can't decide if I should or not. I guess it would be good.. I'd just want to stay anonymous.
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post #45 of 48 Old 08-21-2012, 09:28 PM
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Either send them the picture, or call the owner and tell them that you will send the picture if they don't do something immediately.

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post #46 of 48 Old 08-29-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I never wrote a letter to the owners of those horses but I guess I made a big enough stink about it with the local police department that they contacted the owners. Last night I noticed that they had been moved into different stalls and today there was a guy there who was taking wheelbarrows of manure out of the stalls into the manure pile. He didn't speak English very well but he asked me if I had seen the horses at the end and I said yes. And he said, "the cops come everyday because they are skinny."

I'm so happy somethings being done. I hope it lasts. They still desperately need their hooves trimmed though.

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post #47 of 48 Old 08-29-2012, 02:14 PM
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I'm glad that progress is being made.

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