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Reporting suspected neglect:


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.


Keep in mind when reporting that the laws on required care vary from state to state, and while we may have a higher standard of care, we can only enforce what the laws require.  To find out the laws in your state, click on the link below. To report suspected equine neglect or abuse to userl, email 

USERL Corporate Office

1851 W. Erhinghaus St. Suite 146

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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If you are writing or calling about fostering or adopting or for more information about a particular horse, please review our Adoption or Foster information and fill out an adoption or foster application. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions. 

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