Animal welfare groups and the Mumbai police rescued a Victoria carriage horse with multiple wounds from near Gateway of India in south Mumbai on Sunday.
Acting on complaints from residents, two officers of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) along with members from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Animal Rahat and People for Animals informed the Colaba police station. “The horse had swollen joints and was slipping while walking,” said Niral Koradia, from PFA. “When we took him to the hospital, the veterinarians said he had multiple wounds, which had been covered with limestone powder to hide them.”
A preliminary diagnosis by a veterinarian from PETA found the horse had arthritis. “The horse was in terrible condition with multiple fresh and chronic wounds. The horse is unfit to be used to pull a Victoria carriage,” said Dr Santosh Sahu, veterinarian from PETA.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the horse-drawn carriages to ply for six more months, asking the state to come up with a rehabilitation plan for the horses and the families. “When we visited the spot, we found that horse was unable to walk properly and after questioning the caretaker, we found out the latter did not have enough money to feed the horse since the SC ban,” said Sagar Gomashe, police sub-inspector, Colaba. “We are currently investigating the matter under the violation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act.”