Cruelty Reporting Policy Changes

Since June of 1999, HHT has operated on a minimal annual budget. We have investigated over 800 cases, and have placed 265 (as of April, 2009) horses through our program. Our operating budget has jumped from $5,000 in 1999 to our current 2009 budget of $94,000, with the largest part going toward our medical, equine care, and other daily expenses.
 Because our budget does not allow for paid field agents to check out the large amount of complaints that come in we have devised the following to help us handle our mounting complaint load.

To help us make good use of the limited volunteer time we have, we have comprised a compliant journal that people can fill out to help us with the ground work. The more information you can give us the better. Please complete the following steps before turning in a complaint, of equine cruelty and/or neglect, to the local officials or for HHT to investigate.

We do have enough time to keep people updated on the complaints they turn in so if they do not see any type of improvement, we suggest they contact our office with an update of the situation.

A printable Horse Haven Complaint Form can be obtained by clicking HERE.


INFORMATION NEEDED FOR A COMPLAINT JOURNAL:

  1. Address of where animals are located, or exact directions from a major intersection.
  2. Name of owners, if known. If possible, their phone number would also be helpful.
  3. Nature of complaint: Is there water? Shelter? Food? Medical concerns? Physical abuse?
  4. Contact the Humane Society in this county, if there is one available. Be sure to keep a journal of the date, time, and person's name that you spoke with. What did they say? If they say they will handle it, be sure to call back and check on their progress.
    --------------------If you do not receive help, continue to step 5.--------------------

  5. Contact your local Sheriff's Department. Be sure to keep a journal of the date, time, and person's name that you spoke with. What did they say? If they say they will handle it, be sure to call back and check on their progress.
    --------------------If you do not receive help, continue to step 7.--------------------Contact your County Agricultural Extension Agent. You can locate your
  6. County Agricultural Extension Agent by visiting the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Be sure to keep a journal of the date, time, and person's name that you spoke with. What did they say? If they say they will handle it, be sure to call back and check on their progress.
    --------------------If you do not receive help, continue to step 6.--------------------
  7. Contact a local Large Animal Veterinarian. Be sure to keep a journal of the date, time, and person's name that you spoke with. What did they say?

Now, if you have received no satisfaction on your complaint, please contact Horse Haven of Tennessee.

Be sure to inform the avenues you have already tried that HHT is here to help investigate complaints and give advice. We also offer to the counties (at no cost to them) transport, care and housing for the animals if they need to be removed.

By you doing our preliminary leg-work on a case, we are able to free up our agents to handle the immediate problems at hand. This will also show your county officials you expect them to take these calls seriously.

We can't do it alone. It will take everyone, willing to take a stand, to achieve our final goal of beating-out backyard abuse against these noble creatures, who have served us so well, since the beginning of time.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is chartered with the State of Tennessee as a non-profit humane organization.
We have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Your donation is tax deductible.

 

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