What is Neglect?
Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care.
When to Report:
A horse’s health may be at risk if any one of the following conditions are true.
- You witnessed someone physically abusing the horse.
- The horse’s back appears sunken in, or his ribs are showing.
- There no food or water seen or the food and water is not fresh.
- The horse’s coat is dull, unkempt, and dirty.
- His hooves are cracked, split, or curling upward at the toe.
- You see open wounds or sores that are untreated?
- The environment of the horse is hazardous (No shelter, junk on the ground, nails protruding from fencing, no grass to graze, etc.)
- There is accumulated manure in the horse’s stall.
How to Report:
First, jot down facts about about what you saw: details about the condition of the horse and its environment. If possible, take pictures. Describe the horse’s physical features as well as mannerisms to the best of your ability to help the authorities identify him. Then call your local humane society or sheriff’s office to report the abuse or neglect.