Written by Michelle Kretzer
When PETA learned about a horse in
Washington state who appeared very thin and sickly, we contacted animal
control, which refused to help him. Fortunately, we knew a local humane
investigator who agreed to go and check on the horse.
The horse's owners said they were giving
him plenty of food and water but that he was still losing weight. A checkup by
a veterinarian the humane investigator had brought along revealed a simple
solution: The horse's teeth had become overgrown, so he needed to have them filed
down so that he could chew properly. After getting the much-needed veterinary
care, the relieved horse began to eat. He has subsequently gained weight and is
looking much healthier.
People often acquire animals on a whim, without
knowing how to care for them properly. When your friends and family are
thinking about bringing home a new animal, offer them PETA's factsheet along with that new toy or treats so that they know what they're getting into—and
so that the animal goes to a home that's prepared.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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