Following complaints received from employees of the Yakhin - HAKAL Citrus Company and the Green Patrol regarding horses wandering in the agricultural lands near their orchards, the Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) inspected the site.
The findings were that 9 horses, foals, and donkeys were being held there in a severe state of emaciation, and some of them were suffering from bite wounds and other signs of assault by the other horses. The animals were found in two adjoining locations, one on the eastern side of the Ramat HaSharon cemetery, and the other near the tennis courts. The horses wandered throughout the orchard and the nearby fields. Besides all that, the inspection found that the farm that had been built for the horses was a makeshift facility. The water used there was found to be treated waste water which is not fit for drinking and they smelt of ammonia and other chemicals.
In view of the findings and under court order, the Ministry inspectors decided to evacuate the horses, foals and donkeys from the premises immediately. The horses were turned over for care and rehabilitation at a protected Ministry of Agriculture facility, following which they will be turned over to adoptive caregivers.
Dr. Zvika Benor, head of the Veterinary Bureau Plain and Mountains, at the Veterinary services in the Ministry of Agriculture: “The Ministry of Agriculture regards the issue of animal welfare to be of great importance. This case we encountered is extremely severe. The horses, foals, and donkeys the inspectors found were in terrible condition and possibly even in life-threatening condition. The conditions in which they were being held and the water they were given to drink, which were not fit for consumption, only exacerbated the animals’ distress. Upon receipt of the findings from the inspection we immediately transferred the horses to a safe location where they will be able to be rehabilitated”.
The Veterinary services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development call on the general public to continue to report cases of suspicion of cruelty to animals to hone number 03-9559911.