In the afternoon of Sunday (December 7) The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre received a call from a very distressed young woman, who saw the abandoned horse immediately took photographs as evidence, called police and the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre to Villa Salada near Torrevieja
The horse was still alive at the time, but when the police local and EHCRC volunteers arrived the horse had had been moved out of sight. It is understood the horse was later put to sleep by a veterinarian under police supervision.
The young woman has since filed a police report with Seprona, Spain’s animal welfare arm, alleging that the owner of the Villa Salada Equine Centre failed to provide adequate food, water or even basic care for the horse and then abandoned it in cruel conditions.
Villa Salada is a popular tourist attraction offering Spanish horses and flamenco fusion shows, plus riding lessons and livery facilities for horse owners.
The horse is understood to be named Chiquitín. Photos by former employees uploaded to a Facebook protest page show the horse in good condition as little as three years ago. The photos taken on Sunday have created a storm on social media,
Rod Weeding co founder of the EHCRC who attended the call on Sunday commented “The police arrived very promptly and despite the fact that the horse had been moved out of sight they were determined to investigate further” The matter is now in their hands.
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