Do You Suspect Abuse/Neglect in Your Neighborhood?

Caption for attached photo: A volunteer with the Livingston County Mounted Division assists at the scene.

How to Handle Suspected Animal Abuse/Neglect in Your Neighborhood

If you are concerned about the care of equines or any other animals in your neighborhood, please take note of the date, time, exact location and the type of animal(s) involved and write down as many details as possible about the situation. Video and photographic documentation of the animal, the location, the surrounding area, etc. (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case. Then contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff’s office and present your complaint and evidence. Take detailed notes regarding whom you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied. Feel free to contact the MHWC at (517) 321-3683 if you have trouble reaching your local law enforcement agency.

For quick reference, Michigan’s Anti-Cruelty Statute defines the following terms as follows:

“Adequate care” means the provision of sufficient food, water, shelter, sanitary conditions, exercise, and veterinary medical attention in order to maintain an animal in a state of good health.

“Sanitary conditions” means space free from health hazards including excessive animal waste, overcrowding of animals, or other conditions that endanger the animal’s health. This definition does not include any condition resulting from a customary and reasonable practice pursuant to farming or animal husbandry.

“Shelter” means adequate protection from the elements and weather conditions suitable for the age, species, and physical condition of the animal so as to maintain the animal in a state of good health. Shelter, for livestock, includes structures or natural features such as trees or topography.

Read the complete statute here:

Other Info:

Henneke Body Condition Scoring System:

Refeeding Starved Horses:

Additional Resources:

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