I am desperate to help these and many more horses in the State of Arizona.
I thank you for your time in advance. (I apologize for any spelling errors as well.)
For a couple years now I have had to drive by this awful scene just off the 303 freeway. Not more than 100 yards off this freeway are what appear to be several open - air stalls. These stalls are made of metal (or rusted metal). They are all connected to one another in a line and consistantly hold horses, miniature horses, foals and colts.
These stalls have NEVER been covered / shaded which has to be completely unbearable for any horse that has had to stand our there.
Arizona gets 100 - 115 degree temps! We are in the middle of a dessert for goodness sake! Just being out in 90 degree temps. Without shade is miserable for a human (When you open the door of your home to the outside it is JUST like opening your oven door to pull out your well cooked dinner. A blast of heat hits you and you instantly start to sweat from head to toe and these horses are stuck out in this all day and night. Yes, night too. Our lows at night are commonly 90+ degrees.) and these folks have never made any attempt to alleviate the suffering of these poor animals.
Not only does Arizona get the high temperatures, but we get some Mean Monsoon's as well. Lightning strikes everywhere and constant. Large raindrops that are hard hitting and blow in from all sides, even HUGE HAIL falls from time to time (damaging cars and taking out car windows, etc...). Sand storms are very common and Dust Devels too (small to large tornadoes of dirt, dust and debris). And coyoties are in abundance in this open desert area. A horse would have no protection and no where to run from these desperate predators. A foal or colt would certainly be in danger.
These horses are also very close to a power grid and, too many to count, HUGE towering metal Power lines several stories high!
These horses and foals and colts could DIE from heat exhaustion and can get sunburn so easily if they have any white coloring, which
I have seen many paints in those stalls.
These people even have an uncovered stall that they have built approx. 20 feet from the edge of the freeway for those horses and foals and colts that they want to display "for-sale."
So, now these horses are subjected to road dust and debris every time a car or truck goes by AND any abuse that a passing driver may want to cause to the animals.
I have contacted the Humane-Society. I have contacted the state and they have informed me that "There is no law that requires these animals to have shade." Are you kidding me???? Why not????
California law requires that all animals have shade and shelter, so why not Arizona????
(I would love to see our state reps. Stand in that heat for 1 hour in the middle of Summer without shade/shelter or sun lotion and hear what they have to say about having to drink hot water out of a metal tub!)
I have not been proud to live in Arizona for many years now and desperately wish I had the money to move my family and I and this is just one of many reasons why.
This issue needs to be resolved immediately.
How do we make a law that shelter and shade be required/mandatory in Arizona before more deaths occur due to human neglegence.
Shelter/shade for any animal should actually be common sence to tell you the truth.
Where do I/We begin to help these poor animals??
What can be done??
How can I/We stop this rediculous cruelty from continuing???