For years, the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) had openly criticized the authorities' persistent reluctance to enforce the animal welfare legislation and confiscate the animals on Mr. U.K's property. And once again, the authorities did not take immediate action which according to the Animal Welfare Act must intervene right away in case of reported animal abuse. It took a huge public outcry and persuasion from animal welfare organizations and concerned citizens for the authorities of the canton of Thurgau to finally step in and confiscate the horses on the property of Mr. U.K.
Shortly after, the horses were put up for auction and sold off to new owners, which in itself was a welcome decision. However, the auction took place almost immediately after confiscation, which was clearly not in the interest of the animals involved, because interested buyers were forced to make a hasty decision. Also, objections to a rushed auctioning off of the animals and proposals from animal welfare organizations to help find the horses adequate new homes were not taken very seriously.