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Owner abandons paralysed 12-year-old horse on street

The apathy of Mumbai’s horse carriage owners was on display again on Monday when residents found an injured horse abandoned at the Priyadarshini signal in Chembur.


Beast and burden: The 12-year-old is suffering from hind leg paralysis. His condition is improving, though chances of a complete recovery are few. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

As soon as residents noticed that the animal was lying on the road with no one to care for it, a rescue team from the NGO-Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) reached the spot and the six-member team shifted the steed to a veterinary hospital. “We knew that no animal ambulance would be available as it was nearing midnight. So, we decided to take a tempo to transport the horse to the hospital,” said Pawan Sharma, founder of RAWW.

However, the group faced trouble in transporting the animal, as the horse had difficulty standing owing to the injuries to its hind legs. The 12-year-old horse was then admitted to Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) around 4 am, where doctors diagnosed the animal to be suffering from hind leg paralysis.

“An average active life of a horse is 25 years. It appears that the animal has been used for riding and to pull carriages. Additionally, it seems that the owner abandoned the horse when it was of no use to him. When the horse was brought to the hospital it was in a poor condition and wasn’t eating or taking medicines. He is better now. However, the chances of its survival aren’t high,” said Dr Colonel JC Khanna, secretary, BSPCA.

Sources from the hospital confirmed that the owner of the horse had brought it for treatment on August 10. But owing to overcrowding, the animal could not be admitted, after which it seems that the owner abandoned the animal.  

Did you know?
Only 18 horse-drawn Victoria carriages carry licences to ply on the city’s roads; all others are illegal

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