In the State of Maryland, suspected cases of abuse or neglect should be reported to the animal control organization or humane society for the county in which the horse is located.
In other states the procedure may be the same or you may have to contact a local law enforcement agency such as the police or sheriff.
When reporting suspected abuse or neglect, have the following information prepared:
- The address or clear description of where the equine is located.
- A description of the abuse/neglect and who witnessed it.
- A description of the horse(s) involved (size, breed, color, markings).
While it may not be necessary, the investigator may ask for your name, address and telephone number if a warrant will be needed to enter a barn in order to view the horse, the investigator has quesitons about how to find the horse, or the investigator wants to ask you to monitor the situation in the future.