CCSPCA seizes 6 neglected horses in 2 months in Fresno County
FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – Six abused and neglected horses have been seized in Fresno County in the past two months by the Central California SPCA.
The horses are just the latest in a series of animal cruelty investigations in Fresno County.
“The horses were underweight, it’s hooves that we didn’t trim properly, some of them had teeth issues which could have been the cause of their weight loss,” said Jesse Boyce, head of field operations. “Some of the horses weren’t getting the proper feed.”
Typically, when officers discover there are problems with the animals, they try to work with the owner to get the animal treated. In some cases, the owner does not comply, so the SPCA welcomes him.
Over the past two years, the SPCA has investigated approximately one thousand cases of animal cruelty and neglect and conducted more than 100 health and safety checks. Those working to rehabilitate these animals say shedding light on this topic is a step in the right direction.
“It’s really difficult to go into our community and have to be put in these situations to grab these animals, but at the end of the day, it brings us a lot of pride and satisfaction to be able to take care of these animals and to care for them. breastfeeding back to health,” said Shalee Thornhill of the SPCA.
The SPCA says most of their investigations are cases of involuntary neglect that can be resolved by educating pet owners on the proper ways to care for their pets — but that’s not always the case.
“It’s a crime to neglect an animal, to deprive it of proper food or water, so people can face criminal charges,” Boyce says.
As the leading animal welfare organization, the CCSPCA is committed to rescuing animals in need and providing them with a suitable home.
“We are here for the animals, we are here for the public, we want them to understand that we are still here and that we will do what we can for the animals,” said CCSPCA’s Walter Salvari.
Officials add that it is important to report any cases of animal cruelty so that appropriate action can be taken to help animals in need.