A couple of weeks ago, I saw something that has haunted me ever since. I was with my friend and she stopped at a store to get some stuff. I decided to wait in the car for her. I noticed a pitbull with it's ears all cut off and a spike collar parked next to me ( I was on the passenger's side) After watching the dog for several more minutes, I noticed it had scars all over it's face, neck and chest, a sure sign it had been fought. I decided to get the plate number off the car and report the guy but, every time I looked around, there were people coming to the parking lot and I was afraid of the dog's owner seeing me and causing trouble. Finally, my friend came out and I pointed to the dog and told her what was going on. She said, "Well maybe I can run the asshole over." I looked in the mirror and saw a muscular rough looking man walking towards us. As my friend pulled out, he got really dramatic and screamed as if my friend was going to hit him although she was no where near him. He then went to his car and started screaming at the dog to get in the back seat, all the while looking directly at me and snarling. I was too paranoid to write down his plate number and my friend sped away too fast for me to do it anyways. I have felt horrible ever since that I wasn't able to do something for that poor dog. Today, a friend emailed me a picture of a horse she just bought and asked if I wanted to buy him. He looked like a decent horse and the price was very cheap but he was also 17 years old. Now, if he was well taken care for most of his life he would probably have another 5 years of riding left and then he'd have to be retired. I ride pretty hard and the 5 years might be a stretch and chances are the horse isn't going to do what I want it to do at all. I'd have to try to find it another home after I bought it because keeping a horse I can't use is out of the question. They are just too expensive to care for to have sitting around as pets. The trouble is, the market is very poor, especially with winter looming, so, finding the horse a home might be next to impossible. She told me if I didn't want the horse she'd be taking it to the auction on Friday night where it most certainly would be put in the "kill pen", where they put all of the old and infirm horses for the meat buyers to bid on. She said she only bought the horse because it was part of a deal on another horse that she really wanted. So now, here I sit again, with the ability to save an animal from suffering but too afraid to take a chance. I feel all torn up about it, but would feel worse if I got the horse and it ended up costing me a fortune in the long run. I need some advice, here. What would you do?