Is she Guilty of Animal Cruelty?

@Jshean20 (14367)
Canada
December 5, 2006 3:34am CST
I read a story today regarding a registered nurse's horse farm. Police were called to the scene where 70 horses were found to be in poor health, 5 were found to be dead, and 20 were taken away for special care ( during which another one died during this time). The owner claims that the animals weren't mistreated, she just had more than she could handle (isn't this the same thing)? There was very little food found for the horses on the farm. Charges have not been laid yet. Is she guilty? You can read the full story at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_re_us/sick_horses
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I say stick her out in the field with no food for awhile and see how she likes it. If she had too many to handle, she should have tried to find other homes for them.
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@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
agree
• India
6 Dec 06
yes, she is very cruel
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
thank you
@nishas3 (57)
• United States
6 Dec 06
If she knew that she couldnt support the horses then she should have known to sell them. in my mind, starvation definately counts as animal cruelty.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
thank you
• United States
5 Dec 06
I would think it was her fault for not finding a better home for the horses, so yes it is still animal cruelty.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
I think so too
• United States
5 Dec 06
While there are people who are cruel to animals, there are many more who are uninformed about how to take care of a particular animal. Their intentions are good but the result does not reflect this. I have never abused an animal in my life. Matter of fact mine are all pretty darned spoiled. But I have been accused of abuse in the past. I had a horse that refused the barn. Should I have forced that animal into a situation inwhich it was uncomfortable? My solution didn't meet the approval of my neighbors who by the way never had horses. I simply built a lean for the horse to shelter in when it chose to. I have had race horses fresh from the track at my home. I was accused of starving these animals. They were merely conditioned for the work they did. I was accused of harming my dog, after a vet botched a treatment. It cost me thousands of dollars to correct the first vets incompetence. Sadly at the time this was the only vet available to me. This person is guilty of incompetence in my estimation.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
thanks for you info :)
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yes she is guilty of animal cruelty. If they had been children she'd have been arrested already. Personally I'd like to see her treated as she treated those horses. Maybe then she'd realize where she'd gone wrong.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
9 Dec 06
thanks
@joepicat (113)
• United States
5 Dec 06
i believe so.that is very worrifying that the goverment wouldn't put a women away for that,espically becuase she is the problem that she wanted to take all of them and have herself be the one taking care of all of them.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
9 Dec 06
thank you
@prncesssly (1375)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yeah i guess she would be considered guilty of animal cruelty. if she saw that she could not handle it on her own, she could have given the horses away to a better home.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
8 Dec 06
thank you
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Without reading the full story, I say yes, she is guilty of animal cruelty thorugh the admission that she had more horses than she could handle.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
I agree
@tigrashadow (1086)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
she is definately guilty of animal cruelty. id like to know why she got so many if she knew she couldnt handle them. and yes it is the same as they arent getting the care they need. but ive seen it on tv many times...we as public can see that it was abuse but the owners of too many pets or whatever the problem was, think things were fine. if you cant properly care for any animal...dont have it...and especially dont have more than one. as much as i love animals, i have no pets because i know if one gets sick, i couldnt afford vet bills at the moment...and im also living in a flat where no pets are allowed.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
6 Dec 06
thank you
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yes she is guilty, and that is so sad and horrible. She could have gone to the humane society, and they would have helped her feed the horses. What a lousy excuse to be so heartless. Make me mad, and so upset.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
6 Dec 06
frustrates me too
• United States
5 Dec 06
She is guilty. If she had more than she could handle she should have started finding better homes for the animals. That is part of being a responsible animal owner. Neglect is cruelty. If it had been her kids she would be in jail.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
6 Dec 06
this is true
• United States
5 Dec 06
If you can't care for an animal you shouldn't have it. They depend on you for care. Neglect is abuse and shouldn't happen. You wouldn't send a child back to his/her mother's home if she had let one of his/her siblings die would you? Same kind of thing where you have a dependent being needing care from someone else. It shouldn't have happened. You give the animal to someone who can care for them.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
6 Dec 06
I think so too
• United States
5 Dec 06
she should be charged with animal cruelity and should never beable to raise another horse as long as she lives. I really can't stand people who abuse their animals.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
me neither. I say that she shouldn't be allowed to have other animals either
@honeybfly83 (1021)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yes I say she neglected them. If she had too many to handle she could have sold some of them or easily gave them away. She just was not taking care of them and once she got caught she just tried to come up with an excuse.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
thank you
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
5 Dec 06
She is. If she couldn't handle it, she could've hired help.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
I think so too
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Yes, I think she's guilty of atleast some kind of charge!! She should of given the horses away or SOLD a couple of them to get money for food! People have to have consequences for this sort of thing or it will never stop! I've lived in Tennessee where some people don't believe that animals are "worthy" enough to take to the vet no matter how bad they are...which really disturbs me but it's happening so much and in so many places, it's very hard to stop it! Good Post! Have a good day!
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
8 Dec 06
hmmm, i responded to another discussion about the same thing just like 5 minutes ago. I think she should have called her local animal shelter if she was over her head.
@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
7 Dec 06
If she had more than she could handle, then she should have called someone for help. She could have tried to get donations to help or even checked into finding homes for them asap. I do believe she is guilty of animal cruelty. It would be the same thing for the ppl that have to many dogs and they end up not getting enough to eat. They too should be charged with animal cruelty or neglect.
@volschenkh (1044)
• South Africa
6 Dec 06
Yes she is guilty!!! In South Africa she would have been charged with animal cruelty and might go to jail, when found guilty. What I wanna know, was there a public out cry after the case became known. Where did this happen, what country?