A Moral Dilemma - Horse Dumped
We woke up this morning to find that someone had been kind enough to give us a horse. Sitting in our pasture (of goats!) was a skin-and-bones gelding, which we'd previously not seen. None of our neighbors saw anything, so right now, we're sort of at a loss as to what to do with it.
Not only do we not need another horse right now, but this certainly isn't the type of horse we'd want, if we did need another. He's short, thinly built, emaciated and skittish, and there are simply too many unknowns to him. Not to mention, we don't know what health care he has had or his history, so we've locked him the only place we can away from our other equine - our trailer.
And there is the question of what to do with him. Calling the police here would do nothing. We've had animals (nothing this big) dumped here before, sometimes seeing the person drive off after dumping it, and the police have never been helpful, just suggesting we call animal control. Animal control tells us to call the police, and if we don't want the animal, to take it to a livestock auction, as they only take dogs and cats.
Honestly, though, I don't even think an auction would take him. On a body scale, he's a two tops, and you can see every bone in his body. Right now I'm trying to find him a home via craigslist, but past that I don't know what to do with him.
Not to mention, there are the morals of the situation. We've always taken in the goats, pigs, etc. that have been dumped here, but we can't take a horse. I've never taken a horse to an auction (at least, not an auction where kill buyers could be found), and seeing how this horse looks and the time of the year, I know where he'd end up if he went to one, but I'm still considering finding an auction that'll take him!
I'm curious to hear what your opinions on it are, and if any of you guys have been in a similar situation.
-braces flame suit-
Do you have any means to humanely put him out of his suffering?
Well on the off chance that he was stolen and someone then got scared and dumped him. I would call the radio stations and local news. Get them video and/pictures of the horse. Surely you can get them to do a quick piece on that if you play your cards right. Suggest the possibility that he was stolen.
I would then contact rescues in the area, I would NOT take him to auction. He might not be the kind of horse you would want but hopefully for him, he is the kind someone will want. No horse deserves to be treated poorly. For now, he should have free choice water and free choice hay. Very sad indeed. Good luck and keep us posted.
Can we see some picture too, please?
Feed him and take care of him till you figure it out. Any auction you take him to, he is going to the killer.
Frankly if I was in that situation If I could not find anyone to take him I would Put him to sleep.
Cheapest way I have found is if you have a vet school near, take it there, they use the body for necropsies, so cheap on the disposal end.
Other way is find out when the rendering service is going to be in you area and make an appt with vet that day.
I know this is not your problem to do this, but It is not the horses fault.
This is just what I would do.... good luck on your own decision.
I would have him put to sleep. In that condition, I would doubt a kill buyer would even bid on him.
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Inga, the problem is that rescues are full to bursting now, too. They probably don't have the resources to take the horse.
I'm with Tianimalz; give him a day or two of good food, and put a bullet in his head.
I hadn't thought about contacting rescues, so I will do that. I don't see the news coming out to do a story for him, as, like I said, this isn't uncommon. The woman we get our hay from had three belgians dumped in her field last year - it just happens here, unfortunately. :/ We just usually get goats/sheep, as our (one and only) horse and other equine are tucked away at the back of the property and can't be seen from the road.
We currently do have him with some hay and water, and we gave him some grain this morning to get him in the trailer. I will try to get pictures tonight or tomorrow of the guy.
For now, I couldn't really take him to an auction, even if I wanted to (which I don't, really, as I do know it'd be a sure fire death sentence for him), as most the auctions won't take a horse as bad as him, especially if it's out of state. That, and I don't want to drive with him in my trailer! He looks like exactly the kind of horse that'd get one in trouble if they were pulled over.
If all else fails, I will contact the vet school and see if they'll take him. Again, I don't really want to put much into him if I can avoid it. Although I feel for him, he isn't mine, and I don't want to potentially take away funds I'd use in an emergency involving my animals for him.
I have been in this situation myself. A horse was dumped of at my old church. With nothing but a note "Take him we cant use him" He still had the auction number on his butt. We took him in and he was with us for 2 years before he passed in Feb.
My thoughts ... take care of him untill you can find him a home. Dont take him to auction or he will end up worse off.
If you absolutely cant take him in call a local vet and see if you can just relieve him of his suffering
I'd say offer him to one of the hunts or local zoos for their big cats, but not knowing his health history and the fact that he's skinny, I don't think any of them would take him.
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