People who abandon animals on distant farms should be dropped off by helicopter to a remote area atop Mauna Loa and abandoned there with no food, no water, no shelter. If they die, so be it. Tough. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, sort of thing. That just makes them equal with the poor animal they abandoned. But it doesn't make up for the livestock often mutilated and killed by those abandoned animals.
I've seen plenty of dropped off pets. So many of them are scared to death and die a slow death from starvation that can take weeks, months. Others are far too spooky to be helped but cause havoc by harassing livestock and farm pets. Yet others instantly start attacking other animals and even go after people who try to intervene. I've seen it all. Makes me really angry at the owners.
I feel sorry for those animals and try to help the ones that I can. But the vast majority are too frightened to be helped. Those that do not slowly starve to death usually end up getting trapped. Once trapped they often freak out, so cage and all is dropped into a tank of water. The animal drowns, scared to death. If not trapped, the next most common fate is getting shot. The lucky ones die quickly.
Make you mad yet?
I haven't even touched on the destruction and havoc. Both abandoned cats and dogs are guilty of livestock damage. Mutilated chicks, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle, and even horses. Killed or torn up landowners' pet cats, dogs, and even parrots. My own farm has seen the loss of chickens, ducks, sheep, and two horses. And forget about compensation. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Abandoning animals is bad news. It is despicable. It's better to just have someone kill the animal with a clean gunshot to the head than to let it loose at some remote location. You're a cowardly lowlife if you abandon a pet.
No, it's NOT going to have a chance to live. No, it's not going to run free and live a natural existence. No, it's not going to be happy nor is it going to be adopted by a farming family. All those fantasies are in the owner's head. The reality of it is that the pet will be confused, scared, hungry, thirsty, and uncomfortable. And 99% will end up dead, often a terrible death.