Humane Agents Predict a Dangerous Season for Horses

Skyrocketing feed prices have humane agents across the country predicting an increased rate of horse neglect and abandonment. ALDF urges everyone to be especially aware of horses and other farm animals this season – 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.

Large animal humane interventions present particular physical and economic challenges to local authorities. Where agencies are working with a limited budget and a small staff, polite persistence is often necessary. If you discover that your local authorities have a policy of refusing to intervene on behalf of suffering animals, please contact ALDF at action1@aldf.org and we will work toward enabling earnest investigations.

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News coverage:

Kern County aims to put an end to cases of neglected horses
kget.com, May 6, 2011

Three horses starved and left for dead in two separate abandonment cases
YubaNet.com, September 16, 2010

Oregon Hay Bank needs donations
Mail Tribune, January 5, 2010

Kansas Shelters See Surge in Abandoned Horses
Fox News, December 28, 2008

Minnesotans reining in abuse, neglect
StarTribune.com, December 15, 2008

Starving Cattle Amid High Prices for Feed in Neb.
The Associated Press, October 24, 2008

More horses might starve or be abandoned during difficult economic times
The Oregonian, October 23, 2008

Local Vet Builds Network to Help Horses Survive
The Press Democrat, January 22, 2008

 

­Rising Hay Prices Crimp Horseowners
The Charlotte Observer, November 15, 2007

Valley Ranchers Hit Hard By Rising Gas Prices­

abc30.com, November 12, 2007

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