I need to vent some horsey anger!
My neighbors live in a rented house next door to mine. Over the summer, they kept 4 horses in pretty good shape, minus their manes and tails being full of burrs. I would occasionally talk to them and we were on pretty good terms.
Now, I don't know what happened, but they moved out in a hurry. Could be that they got evicted, or that they found another place to live. But they trashed the place and moved out in a couple days. My aunt called me and heard that they were giving away horses, but I knew nothing about this. So, weeks go by and I don't see horses or people.
BUT, yesterday, I saw one of their horses outside their barn. Which is weird, why would they only leave one? He's about a 2.5-3 on a 10 body condition chart, but it's hard to see with his winter coat. Severely dehydrated. No blanket in near 0 degree weather, and he's AT LEAST 25 years old. His feet are horribly overgrown and he seems to have developed a deformity in his front legs that wasn't there over the summer.
I threw him some grass hay and 3 buckets of water over our shared fence. (Which I realize now was probably a mistake). He drank down all three buckets in one go and ate every bit of hay. Obviously concerned, I search for our former neighbors on Facebook to let them know that if they abandoned him, I could care for him at my place. She gets SO defensive and tells me to stop sticking my nose in private matters
. I reassured her again that I was only looking out for the welfare of the animal, and I understand if she was upset that I fed him. She tells me she's out three times a day, which is NOT true, because while I'm at college 2 days out of the week, I'm home the other 5 taking care of our animals and property. I haven't seen them at all in over a week.
So, talking to her obviously got me nowhere, and I can't leave this horse (who needs vet attention quite badly) to die. I say thank you to her, and left a message with Animal Control a couple hours ago. I'm hoping they call me back tomorrow morning so I can explain. Is it my place to look out for her animals? She made me feel absolutely terrible for bringing it up to her. I was really hoping to resolve this without having to call the authorities, but I guess that's what it's come down to.