A trio of women came forward Monday, trying to do all they can to help a group of neglected horses one of whom may have died already.
A rotting horse carcass, entirely visible from the road, has been sitting on the side of Paskenta Road in rural Tehama County for about a week.
"A lot of animals are being mistreated. People feel like they are doing a good job, but they're not. They're one foot in the grave, the horses are, it broke my heart."
All three women wanted to remain anonymous when we interviewed them.
Now, they’re pleading for help.
"I can’t take it. It’s just that it's so condensed. I've never seen such atrocities or abuses to animals in one place," says another one of the women, who moved to the area less than 2 two years ago.
"I don't consider this okay, and this really is the tip of the iceberg."
A rotting horse carcass, entirely visible from the road, has been sitting on the side of Paskenta Road for about a week.
The three women say they’ve tried getting in contact with animal control.
But we our news team even had a tough time getting to the source of whose responsibility it was to remove the horse carcass.
After going through the Tehama County dispatch, then the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department, and Red Bluff Police Department, we finally were referred to the California Highway Patrol.
Dispatchers said they’d make notification to CHP officers, but no time table was given.
But this isn’t just about the one dead horse.
The women we spoke with insist living horses are being abused.
They believe that considering how long it takes to get a carcass cleaned up, they don’t have much faith in anyone protecting the live horses.
"We’ve seen horses that are walking skeletons.”
But despite all the roadblocks, these women say they continue to report what they see.
“These people can't stand by and look at these animals suffering and not do anything."
Animal control still has not returned our multiple phone calls.
After this story aired on KRCR News Channel 7 at 6:30pm, the Tehama County District Attorney gave us a call.
Gregg Cohen says he, and his office, want to assist the three women with keeping animals in the area safe.