Target: Denise Denney
Goal: Chastise horse owner for abusing several of her horses through neglect
Arizona resident Denise Denney was recently arrested on suspicion of 13 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and abuse. Based on an anonymous tip, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies searched Denney’s property and ultimately seized nine horses deemed to be so unhealthy as to demand immediate medical help in order to survive. If any of these horses die during recovery Denney may also be charged with felony animal cruelty. Horses are animals that need a great deal of care and nourishment to live healthy lives. Owners who cannot properly care for their horses need to get help or find new homes for their horses instead of harming them through negligent care. Ms. Denny needs to be chastised for failing to provide her horses with the necessary level of care.
In order to live healthy and happy lives, horses need ample and constant care: access to sufficient, daily supplies of clean water and nutritious food; shelters that are clean and free of animal waste as well as of toxic cleaning agents; regular veterinary care; their hooves need to be cleaned every day and trimmed several times a year; their teeth need to be filed down once a year by a professional — if not, their teeth grow so sharp, and chewing so painful, that they cease eating and become malnourished, even if they have access to plentiful stocks of food.
Without this care horses can get sick and miserable, and even die. Not all people can provide a sufficient level of care for horses. If they can’t, they need to get help or find new homes for their horses. If they don’t, they are harming those animals through neglect. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, among the nine horses taken from Ms. Denney’s land, one was almost a thousand pounds underweight, while others were several hundred pounds underweight, and most had untended hooves and “needed their teeth filed down because they were unable to chew food properly and were in severe pain.” The horses are currently being treated and most are expected to recover.
By signing the petition letter below you will let Ms. Denny know that the neglectful care she has shown her horses is unacceptable, and that if the law allows her to ever own horses again she needs to learn how to properly care for them.
Dear Ms. Denney,
I am writing this letter in response to your recent arrest on suspicion of several counts of animal cruelty. I was saddened to hear that, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, nine malnourished horses under your care were found on your property and in dire need of medical care. Horses are wonderful animals, but they need an incredible amount of care in order to live healthy lives. If you are unable to properly care for your horses you need to get help from someone, or, failing that, find new homes for them. Otherwise, you are hurting those horses through neglect.
I hope that with your recent arrest and potential punishments you will learn your lesson and that if the law allows you to continue to own horses you will provide them with the care they need and deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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