UPDATE: We won't give up on this horse, even though the authorites are failing him. We've launched an online fundraiser to purchase the horse. We even have a generous supporter who will match every donation. Please contribute what you can right now, so we can save this poor horse from another long, hot summer without proper shelter or care.
Help this horse who has been chained out in the elements without shelter for approximately the last 7 years. He is staked on a very short chain, prohibiting him from rolling or walking more than mere feet.
This horse is white and this summer his nose was sunburned, red enough to see from the road. He also appeared to be holding one eye closed or squinted. There is no shelter, no trees, nothing to protect this horse from the elements.
This horse is in a very unhealthy and inhumane situation. This horse is chained out all year round in rain, sleet, hail, snow, subzero cold, sweltering heat, and scorching sun! There are no vet checks or care being given to this horse who is cruelly living at the end of a chain.
It's questionable if there is consistent water and grass available if the horse is not moved daily (no water pails can be seen at times). Local law enforcement has had numerous calls about the horse and is fully aware of the complaints and the situation, but says no law is being broken. Having no shelter for animals in all types of weather apparently is not a law in Clark County?!
Our goal is to convince authorities by presenting this petition with signatures from concerned citizens that agree this horse has not been taken care of properly.
We want authorities who have jurisdiction over this situation in Clark County to take action for the safety and well-being of this horse and have the owner surrender the horse to local rescue, who has been contacted about this situation and agrees to work with the authorities and help in any way they can.
Your signature can help us get this horse moved to a better place for rehabilitation and a comfortable rest of his life. The owner doesn't feel there's anything wrong with how he is taking care of the horse. Hasn't this horse suffered long enough? Please help us take action!
At the time of writing this petition, there are severe thunderstorm warnings with dangerous baseball size hail warnings out. This horse will be standing through all of it, as he has every day because no one in authority has stepped up to demand shelter and fencing is provided!
Thank you for your help, it means the world to this horse.
FYI: Here is the Wisconsin State Statute 951.14 Providing proper shelter:
No person owning or responsible for confining or impounding any animal may fail to provide the animal with proper shelter as prescribed in this section. In the case of farm animals, nothing in this section shall be construed as imposing shelter requirements or standards more stringent than normally accepted husbandry practices in the particular county where the animal or shelter is located.
(1) INDOOR STANDARDS. Minimum indoor standards of shelter shall include:
(a) Ambient temperatures. The ambient temperature shall be compatible with the health of the animal.
(b) Ventilation. Indoor housing facilities shall be adequately ventilated by natural or mechanical means to provide for the health of the animals at all times.
(2) OUTDOOR STANDARDS. Minimum outdoor standards of shelter shall include:
(a) Shelter from sunlight. When sunlight is likely to cause heat exhaustion of an animal tied or caged outside, sufficient shade by natural or artificial means shall be provided to protect the animal from direct sunlight. As used in this paragraph, "caged" does not include farm fencing used to confine farm animals.
(b) Shelter from inclement weather. 1. 'Animals generally.' Natural or artificial shelter appropriate to the local climatic conditions for the species concerned shall be provided as necessary for the health of the animal.
(3) SPACE STANDARDS. Minimum space requirements for both indoor and outdoor enclosures shall include:
(a) Structural strength. The housing facilities shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the animals from injury and to contain the animals.
(b) Space requirements. Enclosures shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow each animal adequate freedom of movement. Inadequate space may be indicated by evidence of debility, stress or abnormal behavior patterns.