Two days ago another farm was found with horses up to their knees in their
own waste, trapped in stalls. The 80 year old woman who owned the farm was could
no longer care for them. She claimed she thought she would be jailed if founbd out.
So her choice, I guess, was to hope they'd just slowly die there?
If you know of a cat, dog or small animal that is being abused or neglected
please, please report the situation to my first choice-a local animal welfare-
shelter and start there and then approach animal control so they can be monitored as to how they handle the case. (My personal opinion.)For large animals call Hooves & Halos (503) 504-0935 or 388-0170. http://www.hoovesandhalos.org
Once my rage at these people subsided a little I began to think that these people
also need help and who knows how many more situations such as this exist in Oregon?
Horses are expensive to keep and daily clean-out of stalls is required along with fresh water and feed.
I think it is time to petition the state to form a group
of volunteers to begin regular inspections of farms that house large animals.
I don't think the animal control is staffed sufficiently.
These volunteers can be trained to do friendly but firm inspections by the
animal control staff themselves and given picture identification cards.
Licensing farms that house large animals-nominal fees-could be put in a
reserve fund for vet expenses that farms could apply for when they are
unable to afford such care.
Just some ideas.In a depressed economy we will see more and more
of these cases.
Is animal cruelty a felony in Oregon? If not it should be.
And yes..I would consider slaughtering animals for food a felony as well
but that is protected as commerce for now.