I have worked for these owners cleaning stalls for three years. All of the horses with the exception of mine are their lesson horses. I work in exchange for the full board of my own three horses boarded at the same facility. In the three years i have captured a small library of video's documenting how these owners are wilfully and intentionally starving, letting some suffer with injuries (like open wounds to the bone so infected with maggots they can no longer stand so they shoot them. The most recent was an injury that was infected for a year, i took over his care cleaning the wound for months then they shot him and buried him under the manure pile. This horse was healing, running and playing. But because they didnt want to have the cost of feeding it they shot it. For 2 weeks i desprately tried to find a home but ran out of time. This has effected me emotionally
You probably do not have a claim for emotional distress. However, if you want to help the animals you should consider calling your local animal control who can come in and inspect the premises and treatment of the animals.
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You may be putting yourself in danger of criminal animal abuse charges if you worked for the stable for three years, but did nothing to help the injured horses. By letting it continue for years without reporting it to law enforcement, you have seriously damaged your credibility. It's also suspect that you would leave your own horses in this environment.
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