The 72-year-old horse breeder was sentenced to three years and six months in prison but fined 3,600 euros for systematic animal abuse.
The 72-year-old, who did not appear in court but was represented by a lawyer, is not the first time he has been charged with the horrific conditions under which he has horses. Malnourished, tied with ropes and chains to concrete columns, in a warehouse, dirty, with rubble and without water, where the living horses, next to the dead, were lying on dirt, ready to die.
“We found that 16 horses were tied, on feces, malnourished. There were 16 animals and we managed to save 12. The 4 disappeared and their fate is unknown. But we could not save two of the 12. They died of starvation. Everything was in a miserable state. They needed serums and immediate care. We took pictures of a glowing horse. We sent all the material we collected to Justice. He has been an animal abuser for years “, stressed the first witness examined, Rosa Roussou, president of the Panhellenic Association for the Protection of Equidae, who revealed the case in 2016.
Volunteer Stamatina Psimopoulou, a member of the same association, described the horrific conditions in which the horses lived. “We never thought we would see such tragic and miserable images. Most of the animals were tied, with ropes or chains, even 10 cm from the wall. There was no food or water. Even if the owner says he fed them every 2 days, it is disastrous as the horses have to be fed at least 2 times a day.
They lived in their feces and urine. Some also had scabies. In addition to being skeletal, their skin was also open. Some were just their skeleton. “They lived and stood for months.”
The Fourth Criminal Court of Athens, accepting the relevant prosecutor’s proposal, found the 72-year-old accused guilty of violating the law on animal abuse.
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