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USERL works with Animal Control agencies, and local and state law enforcement to assist in the investigation as well as provide shelter and care for horses they have seized as part of an animal cruelty and neglect cases. There is a great deal of information on the internet about identifying animal cruelty, state and federal laws protecting animals, and how to report it to your local law enforcement. Information listed below outlines basic information about neglect, and physical characteristics you can identify if you witness an equine that is suffering because of neglect or abuse.
If you need to report a case of suspected neglect or abuse, please contact your local law enforcement: Local and state police are able to enforce animal cruelty laws in your state. USERL provides additional information and a way to report neglect online.
Please review the USERL "Report Abuse/Neglect information".
ASPCA —The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Humane Society of the United States
Investigation Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Neglect? Neglect is defined as failure to provide sustenance and care sufficient to maintain an equine’s good health. This includes food, water, shelter, veterinary and farrier care.
Poor body weight: A chart is provided that outlines levels of horse body condition. Open Henneke Chart
Poor Hair Coat: a long, dead haircoat reflects poor nutrition and/or internal/external parasites.
Dehydration: Pinch the skin over the shoulder blade. If it takes more than two seconds to return to normal, the horse is dehydrated.
Other signs of dehydration include: dry gums, sunken eye sockets.
Shelter: Inspect the area. A horse should have at least a stand of trees to provide shade in summer and block the cold winds in winter. USERL recommends a three sided-shelter and/or blanketing in winter and/or availability of stable/barn for inclement weather.
Veterinary Care: Equines need regular veterinary care to ensure their health. If a horse has signs of disease or injury that are not being attended to by a veterinarian, it may be considered a case of neglect.
De-worming: De-worming is essential for horses’ health. Signs a horse is not receiving de-worming medication includes abdominal bloating, rub marks on tail and points of buttocks, poor body weight and poor hair coat.
Farrier Care: Equine hooves need to be cared for and maintained on a regular basis. If not, they will eventually experience difficulty walking, or more serious hoof abnormalities. Inspect feet for condition, length and presence of thrush. If they appear to be too long, cracked, infected or the horse appears lame, it may be considered a case of neglect.
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