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post #1 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Angry SPCA officer shows up... AGAIN!!!

so about 2 years ago we had an SPCA officer and a state trooper show up at our house one day. apparently a neighbor (obviously they couldnt tell us who for safety reasons) called them on us. they reported that we were not feeding our horse, had no shelter, and no water for her. so they show up and take a look at her. at that time she was 7 months pregnant. she weighed about 1300lbs and was all dappled out. she had a large tub of water, a run in shelter, and we showed him all the hay and grain we had for her. they closed the case and left.

today the SPCA shows up again. they got a report that a horse was being neglected, that he was covered in mud and his pen was too small for him. so we go down and look at him. we have had an extreme amount of rain here lately (its rained almost every day) and the paddocks are muddy. so obviously, the horse is muddy. Polka (who is who the complaint was on) stays outside, he has access to TWO paddocks, and a run in shed. the officer said "i dont think its too small, and of course hes muddy, its been raining!!" so then he went down to the barn and saw the broodmare and 2 yr old who are both healthy and happy. my broodmare was kissing him and trying to eat his badge. the baby was nudging him begging for attention and kissing him too. as the other case was, this was closed as well.

im just so fed up of neighbors (one particular one!!!!) who keep calling on us. its just because theyre mad that the horses are there and they dont like the smell or any noise. i think its a pretty low thing to do, especially when there are actually animals being abused and suffering out there, and theyre wasting their time looking at our fat, spoiled horses!!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 07:31 PM
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Im sorry you are having to go through this.
I went through the 'unhappy ppl nxt door too' Unfortunatly mine went as far as to let them out on to a busy road though. Luckily non of my horses were injured or too stressed out by the ordeal.
You know that your horses are well looked after and that they are healthy and happy. Thats all that matters. It is horrible that people are out against you and making it hard for the animals who really need to help to get it.
But dont worry they are making themselves look bad and actually just making you look good.
If you want to make nice with them why dont you go over and explain that you know alot about horses and that you have had horses for however long and you wouldnt do anything to hurt them.
Or if you really dont care to much about talking to them then just go on with your normal business and dont worry about it.
Chin up i know how frustrating this can be.

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 07:38 PM
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That is uber frusterating. They should mind their own busniess. Don't worry about the officers though...we get calls all the time for animal neglect and many times it is just feuding neighbors, and the animals are in great condition BUT because there was complaint we have to go check anyway.
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 07:40 PM
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I would take it as an opportunity to make new friends...lol. If they are going to keep calling the SPCA, then I would say make friends with the SPCA officers so that they know what they are coming out for. :) It might also get on the nerves of whoever keeps calling.
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 08:51 PM
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I am so sorry you are having trouble with "neighbors"! It makes me so mad that some people can't mind their own business! At least you put them in their place AGAIN - some people are just ignorant and since they can't manage their own business, they have to stick their noses into yours! I hope you don't have to deal with this again! How unfortunate.
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I would let the nieghbors know that you are not going to put up with it and that next time it happens you will get a lawyer and subpeona the SPCA records and sue for harrassment. I'm not sure if you can actually do that or not but chances are your nieghbors won't know that.

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post #7 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
I would let the nieghbors know that you are not going to put up with it and that next time it happens you will get a lawyer and subpeona the SPCA records and sue for harrassment. I'm not sure if you can actually do that or not but chances are your nieghbors won't know that.
lol that is very funny and a good idea

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post #8 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 09:52 PM
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Does the neighbour have a dog or cat that is being neglected as badly as your horses? You could call if you have reason to suspect you know! hahahahahaha

Truly, I have a neighbour that is "ALL THAT". I have ignored them for the last 2 years or so. Although they are not friendly yet, at least they don't seem to be as high and mighty as they used to be. Something cracked somewhere. Maybe the same will happen with yours eventually.... you can hope... then there's the lottery too.

You either have to ignore them, try to be friends with them or treat them as they are treating you. My route is to ignore.
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post #9 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 10:20 PM
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I am sorry to hear that you are going through that. I honestly can't stand nosy neighbors. We have one couple that says it is horse abuse to have electric wire up. Well when we first bought our house we just did 3 strands of electric wire to keep them in 3 acres. In a 2 week time period, all 3 wires would be snipped each time and our horses would be running loose down the road. GRRRRR... not only that, it was all 3 times it was between 2-5 in the morning. Thankfully my dogs let me know when something is going on. The sheriff could never do anything because we didn't have proof of who was doing it. But we had an idea. We just now finished our no climb fencing for our horses with of course 1 strand of hot wire over the top to keep them from reaching over the other side, well now we get them always yelling at us that it is cruel to put a leaf of hay on the ground for them to eat.

---Hey, atleast when SPCA comes out to your place they see everything is perfect and it just makes your neighbors look like the ass.

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post #10 of 19 Old 11-05-2009, 11:02 PM
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my neighbors like to send out letters to everyone in the area, about things, like when their stuff gets stolen from their property.

So maybe send letters and invite everyone over one day to take a look themselves? Or send out an informative letter about the horses with some pictures of how happy they are.

Hot wires are a little more dangerous then electric tape, b/c tape usually has a lower break strength, and doesnt really cut thru flesh too well. But just explain to them its no different than an electric fence for the dog.

My friend has some crabby neighbors, but they ususally just complain to the township, not the spca.
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