Authorities in the UK recently discovered multiple ponies who were trapped in a horrible situation that was so bad that rescuers had to break down walls and wade through feces to free the poor animals. For years, a couple had imprisoned nine animals in stables with ceilings so low, that the ponies could not stand up, and were forced to simply lay in their filth and feces. The horses did not have enough space to run free as they wish and were not given the care they deserve.

Alex Wildee, a field service investigator for the humane society, said, “Each species of animals have unique care requirements that must be met. As an animal owner, it is our responsibility to understand and provide for these needs.”

Neglect, or a failure to provide basic needs for an animal, makes up the vast majority of cruelty cases that animal control officers respond to, says the humane society.  If you notice signs of animal abuse or neglect or have a question about animal cruelty, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1. If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate, says the humane society.

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