The indictment included a petition by the Ministry asking the court to prohibit the accused from owning horses in the future
The Ministry of Agriculture has indicted a resident of Beit Shemesh for torture, cruelty and animal abuse - after being caught twice, by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, while overworking two horses that were in a horrific state of health. The horses were transported by supervisors of the Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture for medical treatment and rehabilitation at a protected facility. This procedure is part of extensive efforts by the Ministry to enforce the Protection of Animals Act.
The indictment filed by the Department of Agriculture against the accused includes two charges, for two different cases, both pertaining to the treatment, care and living conditions of the horses owned by the accused. According to the indictment, the defendant kept horses suffering from wounds and injuries without providing them with adequate medical care, and without calling in a veterinarian to examine and treat them. Furthermore, the horses were very thin, due to an insufficient supply of food and drinking water. The horses were held in a rundown structure that was falling to pieces, in which they were tied in a way that could cause real physical harm to their bodies and health, and could cause injury, without providing them with adequate protection from the weather. Consequently, in the indictment the Ministry of Agriculture petitioned the court to prohibit the accused from owning horses in the future.
The Ministry of Agriculture stated that it is mandatory to notify the veterinarian of the local authority about the operation of any facility designed to house animals. In addition, the operator is required to invite a veterinarian who will check the animals at least once a month, as well as whenever an animal shows signs of illness or injury.