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Denise Hagen, Ayr, N.D., Published February 06 2009

Action on horse neglect is too slow

What does it take to investigate and gain custody of an animal that is not being fed or housed properly? Evidently it takes not just one death, but the death of six horses and malnourishment of at least a half-dozen others. Is it OK to leave horses or any other animal without shelter in minus-20 weather with wind chills at more than 40 below?

These and other cases like it have been reported to Cass County authorities, but it’s not until they’re all dead or half dead that anything is done. What about taking custody before it’s too late?

Research has shown a direct correlation between mistreatment of animals and mistreatment or violence against humans. All the evidence is there for abuse and maltreatment.

Why do we need a tragedy like this to actually respond? We do our part to report, now it’s time for law enforcement to “step up” and take action.