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.
Article source: PETA Files