Well, the AC was up in arms today!
We had a call first thing from someone who I think said he is the spokesperson for AC. He was all too happy to inform me that Shiloh is in California. Those of you who have been to Shiloh know that we are about 1/2 mile on the CA side of Sandy Valley. A totally rural part of CA, the closest CA "town" I guess is Baker, about 80 miles from Shiloh. I informed the man that this is not a "Shiloh Problem", that it is horse and animal loving people in the community, including Shiloh supporters, who are expressing their concern. It's not just Shiloh on a vendetta to get AC, or as he said, "to give AC a black eye".
Anyway, since Shiloh is in CA, I was informed that it's really not their problem. That horses dumped in "CA" are not in their jurisdiction. Even though the horses and owners are from NV. And also that unless we have an eye witness or photograph of a person actually taking the horse out of a trailer and letting it go in the desert to die, that we did not have proof of a dumped horse. Even though the person says, "I will be dumping this horse in the desert" and two days later the exact same horse wanders into a ranch from the desert. I can tell you that most people are not even aware that a small part of Sandy Valley is in CA.
We knew they would play the CA card, it's so ridiculous it's almost laughable. The fact that we were in CA didn't matter in the past when they wanted to sign a horse over to us, but now that we have some questions, suddenly, we are in CA and have nothing to do with NV. It's insane.
So, the Brand Inspector supposedly went to Olympia's owners house to talk to him. Of course, the owner claims that I said yes that we would take the horse. If that were the case, why did Shiloh immediately call Metro, The Brand Inspector, and Animal Control to report a dumping? Were the Shiloh volunteers, most of them women, there that Sunday morning supposed to wrestle the man to the ground, shove the horse back in the trailer, and make him leave? The volunteers were afraid of the guy, as anyone would be. Why do they believe him over us? We were also told that it is "after all only a misdemeanor, Shiloh would not benefit at all." We said, we don't want to benefit, we want there to be a punishment for dumping a horse to die!!!! Like, we want something out of this. All we want is for the AC to get a good program in place to take in unwanted horses, to do their job they get paid to do. Even if we are in CA, shouldn't our AC take possession of a dumped horse, call the San Bernardino AC, and transfer the horse over to them. Why is that our responsibility? We are a volunteer run organization that runs on donations!
Anyway, I did speak to a reporter who sounded very interested in doing a story about this. They are supposed to get back to me about coming out. He was extremely interested in hearing our side of the story.
I'll tell you, we heard almost every excuse today about why they don't need to be involved and that we are trying to hurt their reputation.
We, the Horse Community, have to take a stand and become the voice for horses. It is ILLEGAL to dump a horse, or any animal, in the desert to die! Let's keep up the pressure!