by April Nockleby
While animal hoarding is usually presented in the context of cats and dogs, it is not uncommon for farm animals to be victimized by this type of abuse. Indeed, given the rural, often remote locations chosen by animal hoarders, and the added demands of large animal care requirements, discovery and intervention in these cases is all the more challenging for humane agents. Those who hoard horses often present themselves as “rescuers” who are nursing animals who reportedly came to them malnourished – this claim will often impede an investigation’s progress, at least temporarily. Though seemingly impossible given how limited their means usually appear, some hoarders are capable of relocating quickly to avoid law enforcement, moving themselves and their horses overnight.
How You Can Help
Write a letter to your local prosecutor, thanking them for taking animal cruelty seriously, and letting them know that you are a voting constituent who cares about and follows animal abuse prosecutions in your community. Animal hoarding cases present unique legal challenges – ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program works directly with investigators and prosecutors around the country, providing them with free legal expertise and resources.
Work with your state legislators toward a “First Strike and You’re Out” law. ALDF drafted this model law to address the issue of repeat offenders and the cruel and costly toll they take on their communities.
Recognize and report horse neglect in your community.
Donate your time and expertise to a humane agency or equine rescue near you. Thank you for taking a stand against animal abuse in your community. Together, we are making this world a better place for animals!