Zuma's Rescue Ranch
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch was created for the community and is run by the community.
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Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We are members of The Homes for Horses Coalition and have been supporting the community since 2008. We provide mental health service for children, families and veterans in our ZEAL programs.
Our mission is to serve as a sanctuary and place of healing for both humans and animals in the Denver Metro Area.
Phone: 303.346.7493 Main Office
Mental Health Services(ZEAL): firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do if you suspect equine abuse or neglect:
Spot the signs
Animal neglect comprises the vast majority of cruelty cases to which animal control officers respond. Animal neglect can take on many forms, including:
- Hoarding: A person who keeps far more animals than they can properly care for is a hoarder.
- Lack of veterinary care: Untreated wounds are a red flag that demand immediate attention; emaciation, scabs and hair loss can also be a sign of untreated underlying diseases.
- Inadequate shelter, especially in extreme heat or cold temperatures, can be deadly to pets.
- Abandonment: A startling number of animals die every year when people move out of their residences and simply leave the animals behind. It’s wise to keep an eye on a recently vacated home, especially if the former residents moved suddenly.
It can be very upsetting to see someone beating or physically attacking an animal, but it’s important not to turn away. Especially when violence is concerned, it’s crucial to involve law enforcement, because violence toward animals is often part of a larger pattern of violence that includes people as well as animals.
Time is of the essence—don’t delay.
Make the call
If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate. Dialing 911 is the quickest route to get a response, but it is also useful to have the proper animal welfare agency’s number on hand.
Be prepared: Do an online search to identify the agency—your local animal control department, animal shelter or humane society—in your area, and program the number into your cell phone. If you’re traveling or live in a community without an animal welfare agency, call the local police department (or 911) to report suspected animal abuse.
If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency, and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also email or call The HSUS and ask to speak with an expert about the suspected abuse.
As with any crime, documenting the details is essential to making the case and stopping the animal abuser. The responding agency will need to know details like date, time and location of the alleged crime, as well as physical descriptions of all individuals (people and animals) involved.
Cell phone photos and videos have proven excellent tools in cementing criminal cases against animal abusers.
Working with law enforcement
Some animal welfare agencies have the power to obtain and serve warrants; other agencies work closely with local police who execute the search warrant on their behalf. In either case, an officer will look into the complaint to see if animal cruelty laws have been violated. In cases of animal neglect, the officer may speak with the owner and issue a citation and give the owner a chance to correct the violation. If the neglect or abuse is extreme, a humane agency may take custody of the animals to protect them. The agency will present the case to the prosecutor’s office for further evaluation and possible prosecution.
While most jurisdictions will accept an anonymous report of animal cruelty, the likelihood of a successful prosecution greatly increases with a witness who is willing to testify. Most cases never make it to trial, but if you want to ensure justice for the abused, you should be willing to give your testimony in court in order to bolster the case.
Information provided by The Humane Society of the United States. You may also contact Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for more information.