A Dangerous Season for Horses

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on October 30, 2008

Horses and livestock haven’t had an easy year. Last year, as gas prices soared to record level highs, reports of animals starving because their owners could no longer afford high hay prices flooded humane agencies. This year, with the economy in the state it’s in, neglect and abandonment cases continue to rise.

As feed prices continue to skyrocket, humane agents predict additional cases of animal neglect. ALDF urges everyone to be especially aware of horses and other farmed animals this winter – animal neglect is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Connect with a local humane agency now
    and see what their reporting process is so that you know who to contact
    should you witness neglected animals. They will likely be able to
    supply you with information/brochures on how to recognize animal
    neglect.
  2. Contact law enforcement.
    It is crucial that the various law enforcement agencies work together
    toward meaningful resolutions, so be sure that all of them are informed
    of any situation you witness.
  3. File all reports via formal written complaint, clearly communicating dates and locations.

For more information, links and tips, visit our article, “Humane Agents Predict a Dangerous Season for Horses.”