Habitat for Horses receives quite a few requests from people around the country that are trying to get help when they spot an abused horse, donkey or other equine. Most important is that you must contact your local enforcement agency. It can be a maddeningly slow process, taking days – sometimes weeks. That is why waiting to call is a big mistake. More than likely, law enforcement will go out to the location and will receive assurances that changes will be made to help the animals. Often education and warnings are enough, the owner assumes their responsibility and the animals recover. Observers will need to keep an eye out – law enforcement often has their hands full and sometimes cannot maintain proper follow up. Never confront the abusers yourself. You could put yourself in danger and endanger future legal proceedings against the abuser. Getting advice from local horse rescues is a good idea. They will know the local law, can give you advice but they must follow the same rules you do. Do not be surprised if horse rescues are unable to jump up and rescue the horses. Laws must be followed in order to bring abusers to justice. The person who first observed the abuse should be the one to call their local law enforcement agency. Sometimes – and this is rarely, law enforcement either does nothing or they will not follow up. This is rare, but it does happen. This is when it does not hurt to turn to the local media. A public outcry often brings results. It is unfortunate, but sometimes building a case against an abuser can take time – and that time is quite vital to the lives of the abused horses. ~ HfH
By: Sebastian Robertson
GLENN HEIGHTS — Alicia Lowder pulled over during her morning commute and snapped a half-dozen pictures of horses she describes as emaciated and neglected.
“To me, anybody that has two eyes – that can see – would notice that these horses have been neglected,” Lowder said.
What she saw in Glenn Heights prompted her to post pictures of the horses on Facebook and contact every investigative body she could think of, from local law enforcement to PETA.
“They have no body fat, they have no muscle mass,” Lowder said, “totally just wondering aimlessly, looking for little blades of grass.”
The SPCA confirmed they do have an open investigation into the property, but won’t say much else.
We checked out the Glenn Heights property for ourselves and found the horses. We also found 65-year-old Morris Caro, the property manager.
“My animals are in good health, as far as they are not sick,” Caro said.
He explained the black horse, a full-blooded Tennessee Walker, was rescued from another property after it was abandoned during the worst of the drought three years ago. It was a blow the horse never fully recovered from.
“They have plenty to eat, they’ll have plenty to eat — trust me,” Caro said. “I have over 1,000 acres of land.”
But Caro did admit in the last year, he’s had over 50 phone calls from people concerned about his animals, along with several investigations, including the Humane Society and the SPCA.