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Alleged Animal Abuse in Polk County

Animals  (tags: horses, dying, apparent neglect, alleged abuse, starvation )

- 3307 days ago -
According to residents on Upper River Road, three horses have dropped dead on this property in under a year. Earlier this week, one horse fell over and went untouched for 4 days. A neighbor says it's clear - the horses are starving.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 7:32 am
This is so horrible. These are such beautiful animals. They should be treated with kindness and respect.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 7:43 am

Sheila G (267)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 8:29 am
I cannot imagine such a slow and painful death, this entire county is letting the horses down, they are shameful! who will step up and stop this? what is the humane society doing about this criminal act?
ty Brenda
noted with a lot of anger!!!!!!!!!!

Joycey B (750)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 9:38 am
Jail time for this abuser. And don't feed him anything. Let him see how it feels.

. (0)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 5:12 pm
I agree Joyce they need the same thing done to them, How dare these people starving these's horses when they are eating themselves. Anice long time in prison with bread and water juust a little. Thanks Betty. sing with sadness

Vivian F (491)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 5:45 pm
This is horrible! I know of a man here in Mississippi that lets his horses starve/go hungry and he goes to jail only to do his time and be released and GETS HIS HORSES BACK!! These kind of people don't deserve to eat or take up air on this earth! They are cold hearted and evil!

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 5:47 pm
jail for animal abusers!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 2, 2008, 6:14 pm
Remove the horses from this cruelty
Submitted by Eleni (not verified) on August 2, 2008 - 9:12pm.

These horses need to be removed immediately and taken to a safe place. This is outrageous cruelty, the owners must be charged with animal cruelty. Please do not waste any more time. Do the right thing. Help the animals.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday August 3, 2008, 3:46 am
Those horses probably have tape worms to add pain to their suffering.
For pitty sakes they could surely find somebody to give them to if they can't afford them. And when it comes to vetting,,, horses are expensive. I wonder if people think there is nothing to owning a horse except letting them eat grass. Shoes, hoof care products, horse fly spray, worming paste, shoes & hooves trimming. Brenda you should do a story on all the costs and total care of a horse so people understand what all there is to horses.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 3, 2008, 12:51 pm
Reading again and again about the plight of horses and the "over population" are there no ways to somehow "supplement" some owners who are in a financial bind, but are otherwise capeable and willing to maintain the animals? And when I speak of supplementation I think of either fodder and grain or coupons for feed or / and vets. maybe this would be an approach to solve some cases - a sort of in-family fostering or food stamps for horses. .... cheaper than stabeling them alltogether somewhere else??!!?

Linda H (13)
Sunday August 3, 2008, 3:50 pm
I have a situation like this here where I live, I am pulling my hair out trying to find someone to report it to. There is a tiny little front yard with two full sized horses in it-no grass, no food, I could have sworn a couple of weeks ago there was more than two in their yard. The owner let one out today as we were driving by-it actually staggered when it walked. He just let it out on a fairly busy highway. It staggered over to the tall grass by the road to eat it, It's ribs were showing, it's hipbones, It could have been such a lovely horse. My husband reported it to the Sherrif and I will call them tomorrow, I hope it will last that long. The man finally chained it up-I hope that was what the chain was for. I will have to call tomorrow to find out if they even checked it today. People should have the sense to realize that horses properly cared for cost a lot of money. If you can't take care of it give it to someone who can, so many people would be willing to care for one, they can afford the monthly upkeep just not the cost of buying the animal. So many people spend hundreds on an animal and can't afford the monthly upkeep, if that makes any sense. I am still very upset-it's only been a few hours since I saw this and I am not over it yet.

Information M (0)
Sunday August 3, 2008, 4:37 pm

For MO try here:

Report Animal Abuse, Neglect or Animals in Distress

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, contact the Humane Society of Missouri Rescues and Investigations Department with the following information:

* Address (or detailed directions to location) where animal(s) can be found
* Detailed description of neglect or abuse
* By law, allegations of physical abuse require a witness name and contact number, which remain confidential.

Report abuse or neglect by phone: (314) 647-4400

Please note that if you submit an online report abuse form that we will respond within several days of your request. For more immediate assistance, please call (314) 647-4400.

Thank you for being a concerned citizen and reporting abuse or neglect of animals!

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Past Member (0)
Monday August 4, 2008, 2:48 am
Linda H

Good you care about the animals. What about a bit of "hands on" help? Have you talked to the owner?

That is what i would have to revert to here where I live, besides contacting animal welfare. And if nothing helps or it goes too slowly - feed the animals, document all on video and

CALL A LOCAL NEWS STATION ---- this gets attention

Brenda H (29)
Monday August 4, 2008, 11:32 am

Sandy v (91)
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 7:30 pm
I had a friend that drove by 2 horses every day. She'd check water and drop some food. She tried to talk to the owner and he threw off his property. She reported it to her boss, the sheriff. When she went home she flat took the horses to her house and stabled,feed,cared and loved them. He did come after them, but she had the proof in picures and the report to her boss and threatened him with jail time. They ride in the sheriff's posse in parades and are happy and healhty. She told him if she saw him get any more horses, she'd bring the sheriff and press charges. He got off easy but she got the horses and nursed them back to health. All are happy. She was a dispatcher for a small town and the biggest animal lover I have ever met. No animal goes unnoticed in her area (which cover a lot of area). With my luck, I'd get hung for horse stealing but don't think it would stop me if I had the room and a stable. Who's to say this guys horses couldn't have just up and disappears one night and moved into another county. (ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAVE PROOF, PIX, VET REPORT AND RECORDS ON THE FEEDING AND CARE OF THE ANIMAL BY THE OWNER AND ANY CONVERSATIONS YOU MAY HAVE HAD. ALSO, ANY AND EVERY CALL MADE FOR HELP, WHO, WHAT WHERE AND WHEN AND ASK IF THEY HAD ANY OTHER REPORTS AND LOG THAT TOO) I am not "suggesting" stealing a horse but under certain circumstances, you may end up owning the horse legally. Be sure to keep law officials posted after you get the horse safely someplace and have a vet's report and medical done. Look, in some places they are placent on animals affaire so ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
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