Kansas: Who can you call when state and local authorities don’t do their job properly investigating animal neglect?

This is the story of a group of animal advocates who have been trying for a long time to find help for several horses owned by a woman they don’t believe is caring for them properly. I wanted to write on the situation because there are many such cases all across the U.S. and usually cats and dogs are also found on the property in as bad a shape as the horses.

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Photo from the HSUS saying “report animal cruelty”
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The alleged abuse is happening now in Kansas, which isn’t all that animal-friendly where laws are concerned. I’m going to list the contacts that have already been made and I’d like for the readers here to offer any advice as to what the next step should be.

Animal advocates have already called the Kansas Humane Society, the sheriff’s office and even PETA. The woman in question knows she’s being investigated so she keeps moving the horses around to different fields she rents out in the area. She even puts sacks of food in the kennels. When officials come out, they see the animals have food but don’t bother checking the sacks to see if the food is edible. No one seems to care.

The woman currently has what’s described as “WAY too many animals” on a five-acre plot of land that is basically a mud/weed pit. Since she was tipped off that she’s being investigated, the woman has managed to clean up the area enough for the authorities to say the allegations are unfounded.

Even though there is nowhere for the horses to get in out of the weather, officials consider her ‘grandfathered’ in and she’s allowed to have as many as she wants. Animals are suffering. Word has it at least one horse has died. Photos have been made showing injuries and neglect. Still, no action is being taken. One person has commented perhaps a peaceful protest at the woman’s church is needed.

I wanted to write on this because I’ve actually been on the reporting end for horse abuse several years ago in my hometown. A starving horse wandered into my yard and the owner soon showed up. Animal control was called, they came out, and they did nothing. The next day the horse died. A backhoe was called in to bury it on the owner’s property.

This type of abuse is happening with dogs as well. Sometimes I feel the only way to save a dog is to simply take it and worry about the consequences later because animal control in many areas is a joke. There are rescues out there who are becoming experienced through necessity to ‘barter’ for the life of an abused animal. Sometimes charges are filed. Most times they’re not.

Do any of the readers have any suggestions for the poor horses in Kansas? When the state Humane Society, and the local sheriff turn a blind eye, what can be done? Please offer your suggestions in the comment section.

For those of you unfamiliar with how the law works in Kansas, check out the story below about a Kansas couple fined for feeding feral cats.

Kansas couple fined for feeding and giving water to feral cats


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