Each day HHT receives complaints of equine abuse and neglect within our state. Hundreds of miles are logged annually checking out these complaints, and doing what we can with the resources we have. We are not “Animal Cops” and getting the animals in need help, isn’t always easy. It takes everyone willing to get involved sometimes to help a horse in need. We encourage people to help us give a voice to these magnificent creatures that cannot speak for themselves. Step up, call your local officials and let them know you expect your county to take a stand against animal abuse. Be willing to take that extra step, and be willing to testify if you feel you have information that would help an animal. Let them know HHT is here to offer support within their county and all they need to do is contact us.
Abuse and Neglect
Who do I call to report a case of suspected abuse / neglect.
Animal cruelty is a crime in Tennessee and should not be overlooked! Because not all of our 95 Tennessee counties are lucky enough to have an Animal Control or a Humane Society, the local sheriff’s department is your best place to start. They may relay you to another organization or group within your county who can help with the animals needs, but by have a starting point, you are one step closer to ending and animals suffering.
What information does law enforcement, humane investigator/animal control officer need in order to investigate equine neglect/abuse/cruelty?
- The exact address or a very good description of where the equine can be located now or if necessary the officer may need you to meet him/her and show the way.
- What you perceive the problem to be – how long it has been going on etc.
- What you personally witnessed or the name of the person who told you and their telephone number if possible or how they can locate the person who has witnessed the neglect/abuse/cruelty.
- A good description of the equine in question: its size, breed, color, markings etc.
- While it may not be necessary, the investigator may need your name, address, and telephone number if:
- A warrant will be needed to enter a barn in order to view the equine.
- The investigator needs to contact you for more information – better directions or to request that you monitor the situation in the future.
For Equine cruelty investigations to be effective and hopefully remedy the situation, your help and cooperation is imperative.
If you feel you are not getting enough support through your county officals and want to file a complaint through HHT, please click on the complaint form button below. Your personal information will be kept confidential. The more information you can give us on the actual complaint form will make it easier to get a horse in crisis the help they need.
Thank you for caring