Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys, while campaigning for the better treatment of animals across Spain. We are a no-kill foundation and provide each rescued animal with a safe and loving sanctuary – either here at our centre or via rehoming – for the rest of their lives.

Imprisoned Horses

 Imprisoned Horses - Failed Rescue

 For weeks we battled to save a group of horses imprisoned in a filthy, dark shack incarcerated in Benijofar. It was, without a doubt, one of the worst cases of mistreatment of horses we have witnessed. But still, it seems, it was not serious enough to be considered a crime and treated as such.

We have counted up to seven horses and a pig chained in tiny 'rooms' inside a shack of cobbled together scrap timber and corrugated iron. Locked in permanent darkness in conditions so cramped that most could not turn around and some could not even lift their heads as the ceiling was so low. Just minutes away, children play in a lovely landscaped park

They were kept like this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, never seeing the light of day. They appeared to be fed only on straw and were severely malnourished and suffering from skin conditions. These horses were physically and psychologically tortured.

 This was not a case of horses simply not being looked after to the high standards we would apply; it was a case of horrendous and sustained abuse. Kept in permanent darkness in filthy, cramped conditions, chained and unable to move, these horses were physically and psychologically tortured. One miniature horse is housed in a pitch black cupboard. The meagre food supply they are given is not enough to keep them alive, so they are gradually and painfully starving.

Sadly, we were unable to get the authorities to take the strong action needed to save these horses and punish the owner under mistreatment of animal legislation.

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Is it OK to keep horses like this?

Straining to see out, this horse tries to see
out of a tiny gap that is his only window.

Please help us raise the money to save horses like these.

 

  

We fought to get the local town hall to use its powers under the Valencian animal mistreatment laws to immediately seize these horses and remove them from their abusive owner. Town hall officials would not do so. Instead, they chose to take a softer approach, using environmental laws to order that the horses be taken out of the shack.

 The owner was given 15 days' notice to move the horses and told that they would only be seized if not moved during this time. Of course, the owner moved the horses rather than have them seized.

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Is this really OK?

Inside a tiny space in the shack. This horse could not turn around. Some horses could not stand up straight.
Flash photo as horse in total darkness.     

 

  

             

 Under the Valencian animal mistreatment laws, the horses could have been forcibly seized and the owner prosecuted, fined and banned from keeping animals. We could not believe that even with a case as serious as this, the authorities would not take these strong measures.

shantytown5The 'shanty town' that housed the horses.

 Since the story below was published we have managed to meet with the mayor and town hall officials. They have promised to take fast action to end the suffering of these horses.

While council officers did take action to close down the shack and get the horses moved, the owner remains in possession of the animals and will face absolutely no punishment for the cruel treatment he has subjected these animals to.

 

 Instead of using animal mistreatment laws, the council issued notice to the owner under environmental laws. Under this notice the owner was given warning that if the horses were not moved by Thursday 25th February, they would be seized and put into our care.

We are not confident that someone who considered this kind of treatment acceptable will now start to care for his animals properly in the unknown location to which they have been taken. It is highly likely they will end up in a similar shack elsewhere.

Please help us end this misery.
If we can show the authorities that people do care, we may be able to put an end to this appalling suffering.
But we have no official funding and rely 100% on donations. We need your help support and donations.
We will not turn horses like these away but we will need financial support.

Please help us raise the money to save horses like these.

 

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