Callosa de Segura horse abuse case goes to court

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The case involved a court order for 14 horses and nine donkeys which were extremely malnourished.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is to appear in court next month during the prosecution of a man implicated in a major 2014 animal neglect case.

The case involved a court order for 14 horses and nine donkeys which were extremely malnourished. They were seized from a property in Callosa de Segura, after the owner allegedly went bankrupt and failed to provide his animals with adequate food, water and care.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre’s founders Sue and Rod Weeding were involved in what they believe to be one of the largest rescues in Spain’s history. They took part in a joint operation with Malaga-based donkey refuge, El Refugio del Burrito, and the National Association for the Defence of Animals.

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The 14 horses were legally placed in the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre’s care, while El Refugio del Burrito received nine donkeys.

Among the evidence Sue will present at Orihuela court in June are the centre’s costs to date for the rescue and ongoing maintenance of the horses. She said the bill has almost topped €66,000, including feed, veterinary care, horse hospital bills and the farrier, and hopes the figure highlights the centre’s need for government support: “These are horses that are seized by the police and put into our care, but we do not receive any money to look after them,” Sue said: “We have managed to cover these expenses using donations from supporters and funds raised through our charity stores.”

The centre cares for 12 of the Callosa de Segura horses. Sadly, one skeletal mare died, but not before giving birth to a foal, which lives with her adopted mother at the centre. A second horse died of old age in December last year.

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