Opinions needed as soon as possible! Severe boarding problems!
Okay, I'd typed out the whole story once, and it took me an hour on my iPad...then it somehow all deleted when I tried to submit it. So, let me ask what I need to without the whole story.
I am boarding two horses at a facility I'd worked at over summer. Since I'm there more, I've noticed several problems. However, the worst is definitely the part I'm concerned about. The horses haven't been fed multiple times, and I've been lied to each time I've questioned it. I have actual proof of this, and several witnesses. When they are fed, they're not being fed nearly enough. All of the horses have lost weight. Not just a little. When my horse first got there, he was a bit overweight actually. Now, his backbone, hips, and ribs are starting to stick out quite a bit. I got him two months ago... My mare hasn't been there a month yet, and her ribs are starting to show. Four horses are in severe shape, to the point where it makes me cry in frustration when I see them. I don't believe they'll make it through a Michigan winter. Especially the one mare. Her eyes are yellowing, she's practically a skeleton, and she's gone down several times. She can hardly stand on her own. I have pictures from when I first started there versus now. At the time, I was told the few who were underweight had medical issues that were bing taken care of. Now, I know better.
If I call animal control, will they do anything? She has about fifty bales of hay, and last I knew, some grain. However, it's not used often. I can't actually check the grain because it's locked up. The hay is too, but it is easy to see through the wire. The grain is in metal cans. The pastures are empty of anything but dirt, mud, and rocks. So, even when they are fed, it isn't nearly enough. At most, she gives the horses four flakes a day. It's poor quality hay, and the flakes are tiny. They get about four pounds of grain a day, if they're lucky. The mare I mentioned is getting two pounds of grain and a flake daily (that's what the feeding chart calls for anyway) when she is fed by them. I give them a little extra grain when I can, but I can't afford to feed thirteen horses properly, plus pay board.
The horses are eating the wood on the stalls, fences, etc. They're eating their own manure they're so hungry. They're getting really pushy too in their search for food. Not only are they suffering from hunger, but someone is going to get hurt if this doesn't end. Well, more than I already have been. They shove against the gates when you go to open the gates, and run to their stalls, waiting to be fed. Or, they'll search the ground for every single strand of hay they can find.
I am taking my horses and leaving, but I hate leaving the rest. They're good horses, and I'll admit to having grown attached the horribly underweight mare. I don't want them to die or anything because I'm not all over the people feeding anymore. But, I was told if there was hay and grain, animal control probably wouldn't do more than give a warning. Like I said, I have evidence of the feeding issues, the weight changes over the last few months, and I have all of the excuses she's given me that are easily disproven. What do you guys think? Could I get her for neglect?