A VOICE FOR HORSES . A RESOURCE FOR OWNERS
The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MHWC) is an organization created to benefit of horses in need.
The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition is a group of organizations, attorneys, horse rescues, humane agents
and individuals working to prevent equine neglect,
abandonment and abuse.
The Coalition is comprised of teams dedicated to solving different aspects of the problem through its castration program, the Minnesota Hay Bank, assisting and providing resources to law enforcement in criminal prosecutions of horse crimes, assisting with temporary foster care, veterinary assistance and euthanasia.
Please support horses in your community through these critical programs and advocacy services.
The Five Freedoms
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
Animal cruelty is a crime. Peace officers have the authority to investigate any alleged violation of the laws relative to cruelty to animals. If you suspect a horse is experiencing abuse or neglect, contact your local Sheriff or City Police Department to report your concerns.
• Call the local law enforcement (sheriff, police) to make a complaint. Wait for the law enforcement agency to conduct their investigation and to collect evidence. For your own safety and to preserve evidence, do not trespass or intervene on your own.
• The Animal Humane Society Humane Investigations team is devoted to seeking justice for animals in Minnesota. You can file a complaint by calling (763) 489-2236.
• The Minnesota Federated Humane Societies investigates reports of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect to animals in all 87 counties in Minnesota. (877) 826-4625 or (612) 866-8663.
Be specific: When expressing a concern or filing a complaint, be objective and to the point. If known, provide the name, address and phone number of the horse owner or alleged offender. Leave your contact information: If the investigator needs more information, they will contact you.
Contacting rescues: Please DO NOT CALL a rescue as they only take in the animals after a case has been opened by investigators when they need to remove the animals.
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Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition
PO Box 6521
3033 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406