Anniston, AL asked in Agricultural Law for Alabama

Q: In Alabama, is there any law stating that a Horse must have a shelter? if so, Is a tree(s) considered shelter?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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A: This is really something that attorneys in the Animal Law/Dog Law section would know best. But your post remains open for four weeks. You could try reposting there for better chances of the question being picked up. But I can't imagine any statute, however austere in nature, allowing a tree to pass as a shelter for an animal. A shelter is universally understood by most people to be something enclosed that provides an animal protection from cold, wind, rain, ice, harsh sun, etc., and is generally associated with some sort of bedding material for warmth and comfort.

In the meantime, no one ever suffered harm from showing an animal more kindness than the letter of the law required. And older and more frail animals suffer from being left outdoors in the kind of temperature the nation is currently experiencing in the 20s and 30s. 'Probably better choose on the side of compassion and give an animal a warm place to sleep if in doubt on these cold days; they probably won't hold it against you! Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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