Why was the driver not arrested for animal cruelty? Why are they somehow always exempt? Police officers reported the incident to the SPCA. Time for Montreal to ban horse drawn carriages and prosecute horse abusers. The end.
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SPCA rescues caleche horses
Written by MARGOE EDWARDS
Two caleche horses have been rescued by the SPCA from their alleged abuser.
Director Alanna Devine says the animal shelter received a call from Montreal Police last Sunday.
“According to witnesses, a horse had collapsed on the way back to the stable, and the driver of the horse had kicked the horse while he was still on the ground.”
The owner of the Griffintown carriage house surrendered Blackjack and Captain Bob, the two 20-year old horses, who are being treated for their injuries.
They’re currently recovering and as soon they’re medically fit, the SPCA will begin looking for a permanent retirement home, where they can spend the rest of their time in comfortable, country surroundings.
Devine says the SPCA has heard over the years a lot of allegations of acts of cruelty towards horses.
She says “the biggest concern is the neglect, or conditions these horses are forced to live and work in. They’re living in a dilapidated old building, the bylaw from the City of Montreal permits them to work 9 hours a day, 7 days a week.
See also “Montreal SPCA rescues Blackjack and Captain Bob, two carriage horses allegedly abused by their owner“; Global Montreal; by Amanda Kelly; Oct. 31, 2012 (more images)
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