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  • Starving horse..

    Not sure if this is the correct forum for this but...idiot next door neighbor who we in the neighborhood have all had problems with, has allowed his wife's boss to dump a TB mare and a cow in the field next to mine and another neighbors. The mare's condition is a #2, bag of bones under winter hair. The cow seems to be thin also. The guy comes 2x a day. He gives them a small scoop of feed but no hay. There is only dead grass out there. He did throw some gross coastal out there once but not since. My question is..will animal control do anything about this poor mare? This guy starved another horse a cpl. yrs ago. He was reported and the horse ended up being stolen. I'm in Marion County in Fla. and have had no dealings with the aspca here. Any suggestions? I would also like to remain anonymous due to the neighbor being such a asshat.

  • #2
    Start with your local animal control and local small town newspaper. Do it today. Do both. Demand that you remain out of the picture!

    Usually I recommend direct intervention and education/persuasion to help. But I think this needs immediate authoritative address.
    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


    • #3
      I'm in Marion county also, and on a first name basis with several of the folks in our animal control unit here. Definitely give them a call, every time that I call them, they do go out and at the very least do a drive by, and they will follow up or keep checking. I've even been in the truck with them on a drive-by as they needed me to show them the farm and the horse. Especially if they already have this guy on file for past incidents.

      Here is a link to the website for contact information:


      You might also try contacting Morgan Silver at HPAF, she would know who to contact. Here is a link to her website:

      There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


      • Original Poster

        Thanks. I have a good friend who works for Morgan and I have a call into her. Hopefully we can get this resolved quickly. I cannot afford to be throwing these animals hay but they are so pathetic when I feed my horses that I just have to throw them a flake. The mare nickers so sweetly and the cow moo's mournfully, how could I not?


        • #5
          Maybe I'm just suspicious by nature but I would be inclined to think that somewhere animal control might be looking for these animals. It is possible that they generated some complaints where they were being kept before and he has moved them into this new location to keep them away from animal control.
          "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


          • #6
            Originally posted by Kennysadsack View Post
            Thanks. I have a good friend who works for Morgan and I have a call into her. Hopefully we can get this resolved quickly. I cannot afford to be throwing these animals hay but they are so pathetic when I feed my horses that I just have to throw them a flake. The mare nickers so sweetly and the cow moo's mournfully, how could I not?
            Yes, that would break my heart also, I don't think I would be able to walk past them with an armload of hay and not toss them any.

            However, I recall hearing a shouting match between one of my neighbors and the other neighbors caretaker. Evidently the caretaker took it upon herself to toss some alfalfa over the fence to the first neighbors horses. Alfalfa was NOT on the menu for her horses for medical reasons. One of the horses was an elderly mare, who looked every year of her age, but alfalfa could cripple/kill her.

            I'm sure this is not what is going on in your situation, and I hope your friend gets back to you asap.
            There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


            • Original Poster

              Ok, update on starving horse and cow. The moron's have placed a disgusting round bale out in field that even the cow won't eat. They run to the fence every time they see me and if you could hear the cow moo it would make you cry. I'm still throwing them some of my o/a but for sure Marion County will not be doing anything for these animals. Munchkin have you heard any updates about Angel? Please pm if you have.