The story of starving horses in Northern Alberta has locals wondering what to do if they see animals in distress in our neck of the woods.

One of the first groups who would be there to check on the welfare of large animals in rural areas is Alberta Farm Animal Care, which has an office in High River.

Executive Director Anne Marie Pedersen says they have a 24 hour alert line.

"We take calls from anyone. Whether it's just the general public is driving in the country and they see something that they're not sure of, or they think might be a concern. Or more importantly, other producers. So a neighbour is a little concerned maybe the animals don't have access to feed or water or the animals body condition score isn't where it needs to be."

You can call Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) at 1-800-506-2273.

Pedersen says in most cases neglect isn't the problem, and they can help out.

"If it isn't serious. If the animals are not in distress, then we will try to facilitate a resolution. Maybe a producer has a broken leg and can't get out as much as he needs to to get feed out, or move animals, or whatever the scenario is."

She says cases like the one up North are rare and they've never seen anything like that here in the Foothills.

Read More: 60 More Charges Laid In Starving Horses Case


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