What to Report 

Ultimately it is up to the authorities to determine whether or not a particular equine abuse or neglect situation is actionable. This process typically involves a thorough investigation, often times while the animal(s) remains in the custody of the owner. For this reason, it is imperative that if you suspect an equine neglect or abuse situation that you report it as quickly as possible. Here are some things to do that will help the process:

Written Documentation

The first step in your efforts of reporting equine neglect or abuse is to attempt to document what you witnessed. This means recording a lot of data to include:

• Date, time, and address or location of where the incident occurred or is occurring;
• What you perceive the problem to be or what you personally witnessed;
• How long it has been occurring;
• Description of the equine(s) in question including size, breed, color, markings etc.;
• Description of the person(s) involved and names, if known;
• Description of the horse’s environment;
• Date(s), time(s) and information discussed (including phone calls, emails, letters or verbal contact)
   with either the owner, person involved or law enforcement agency; and
• Any other pertinent information.

Photographic Documentation

The saying goes that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and when it comes to documented proof, photographic evidence is always helpful in situations involving equine neglect or abuse.

It is important, however, that the people collecting such evidence not put themselves in harm’s way or violate the law when doing so. It is better to report the situation to animal control than to attempt to intercede.

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