AN association has called for the conditions of stables where the horses that draw tourist carriages in Malaga are kept be drastically improved after one of its vets had to put a sick animal down.
What had been an inspection visit for members of the Association CYD Santa Maria ended with them and one of the association’s vets stepping in to help in an emergency. Sadly the animal could not be saved, but what concerned the association was there were no facilities to treat the horses in.
“It seems unbelievable that they do not even have a place where you can give veterinary assistance,” said Concordia Marquez, president of the association. She added that the horse had to be put down in the open in front of the other animals, endangering the life of the owner, vet, other horses and the volunteers, who held the horse so it wouldn’t be injured and suffer.
Now the association is asking Malaga’s city council to undertake a series of measures to improve the living conditions of the animals. They want better lighting, ventilation, a new floor with sewerage installed and an area created for the horses to leave the stables, as well as a new exit which will considerably reduce the distance the animals have to travel to their place of work and a treatment room.