Is this animal abuse?

CJLR

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Our neighbors have a herd of goats, who have a small pen about 13 by 13 pen with around 10-14 goats that live in the mud, and there hobbled to roots in the ground when they try to escape. Today I saw a Nanny and her kids laying dead in the yard for I don’t know how long. Is this abuse? They don’t want to talk ever and the goats only have a small shak open on two sides for shelter. I am worried and they look very sad and depressed. They try to get out any chance they get.
Not abuse but definitely neglect.
Take a picture of the dead one as evidence and try to gather as much information as you can before making a complaint.
Try to figure out if and when they are feeding and watering them.
Take pictures of the goats in the rain and when they hobble them to roots also take pictures of their hoofs most likely they haven't been trimmed in a while.
In most states as long as the animals have access to some sort of water and food then the authorities can't do anything about it.
When you call try to give as much detail as possible as well as tell them any injuries the goats have
 

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Okay, I'm a bit confused, how is tethering (I'm assuming that's what you mean by hobbling) neglect? Were they home during the fire? It isn't their fault that the goats were penned during a fire if they weren't home to do anything.
Leaving an animal tied up all day every day is neglect if not abuse. You would never leave a horse in its stall every day all day, nor would you leave a dog in its crate or a chicken in its coop.
 

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Our neighbors have a herd of goats, who have a small pen about 13 by 13 pen with around 10-14 goats that live in the mud, and there hobbled to roots in the ground when they try to escape. Today I saw a Nanny and her kids laying dead in the yard for I don’t know how long. Is this abuse? They don’t want to talk ever and the goats only have a small shak open on two sides for shelter. I am worried and they look very sad and depressed. They try to get out any chance they get.
That is DEFINITELY abuse. I'd look in to who's in charge dismantling things like this and contact them immediately.
 

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Okay, I'm a bit confused, how is tethering (I'm assuming that's what you mean by hobbling) neglect? Were they home during the fire? It isn't their fault that the goats were penned during a fire if they weren't home to do anything.
Tethering in itself is not so long as they have access to food throughout the day and constant access to water. Some places require access to shelter as well. If the if the tethering is done in such a way as to deny them of those things, it is abuse/neglect and dangerous for the animal depending upon the season and climate.
The fire thing is subjective depending upon was someone home to let them out, was the fire endangering the goats, etc.
In any case, the number of goats and size of enclosure is totally inadequate and likely enough to get the authorities attention once notified. Dead animals should definitely result in an onsite inspection.
But they will likely be notified of the issues and given X number of days to comply if this is the 1st offense. There are many unknown circumstances (owners with health issues, elderly, etc) that would need to be considered.
Surely, if this has been an ongoing issue, nothing will improve for these animals without the authorities being notified.
 

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