Anne commented on Too much time on their hands, that we should check out the Animal Welfare Act, which I did. There’s a link to the actual law in pdf format in the middle of that page. While I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, this is crazy. No offense intended, Brit. It does appear that any person off the street can enter your property if they “suspect” you have a non-farm animal, search for it, make sure it is not being mistreated, and, (if necessary) use reasonable force to do so. Said random person can also take the animal, also by reasonable force (if necessary) if it is suffering. It’s no wonder They won’t let you people have guns! That law would get hundreds of people shot over here every week.