2011 Shocking abuse in Burriana
The dispute over ownership of the seven surviving horses from an original twelve horses brought over from the USA in 2001 by breeder Morgan Jensen is now in the hands of the courts.
Morgan Jensen, who brought them to Spain from the USA in 2001 is fighting to recover his horses that were seized in a land dispute over three years ago, but in the meantime time the poor horses, suspended in limbo and living in squalid conditions with the alleged second owner are slowly dying of starvation and ill treatment.
After a three year long battle the courts have now placed an order over the horses declaring that they cannot be moved or re-homed until the ownership is established.
It's ludicrous that in this day and age and in a European country the welfare of the animals is not considered. Even the laws that are in place to protect against animal cruelty have been held up in red tape with the legal system.
We cannot believe that the care and well being of the horses is not being considered at all in this nightmare situation.
Where on earth has human decency disappeared to?
We have offered to bring the horses here to the rescue centre where we can care for them and treat their injuries, even if to start with it only as wards of court until the dispute is resolved.
The photos are of one of the breeding mares, starving with a foal at foot and the second of a young filly. She had a broken leg, and was left in this state for months. A vet who was sent to inspect the yard asked to be able to put her to sleep, he wasn't allowed. She died two weeks later.
We can't print what we really feel about the people responsible.
Update - 9 May
An animal right's
organisation has become involved after hearing about the horses' plight and intervened to try and help these unfortunate animals. Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre understands that the Judge dealing with the case is now to decide whether the horses should be moved to an animal protection charity; the animal right's organisation has given the details of both Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre and another organisation based in Malaga who have also offered to take some of these poor horses.
If the Judge decides to move some of the horses to our care they will need specialist veterinary treatment for their injuries. Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations, we receive no official funding whatsoever and so our resources are being stretched to the limit. We are just one rescue centre and the Burriana case is only one of many cases of abuse that we are involved in.