Mérida, Yucatán — After determining that they were victims of abuse and poor nutrition, the Animal Protection Unit of the Municipal Police seized two work horses in the Historic Center.
Witnesses reported their owners whipping the horses as they carried carts loaded with heavy bundles of garden soil.
A 5-year-old colt and a 6-year-old filly, Pancho and Star respectively, were transferred to Municipal Animal Control Center for safekeeping.
An anonymous caller reported Pancho’s abuse early Tuesday afternoon on Calle 53 between 62 and 64.
Later, a caller told police that Star had received lacerations while being put to work on Calle 50 between 47 and 49.
The owner was charged with violating Article 70 of the Regulations for the Protection of Animals in the Municipality of Mérida.
Pancho and Star were moved to the Municipal Police courtyard, where the judge Felix Baeza personally found damage to both animals. They were then transferred to an Animal Control Center shelter for medical evaluation by city veterinarians.
Sources: Desde El Balcon, Diario de Yucatán