Owner of Corfu carriage horse that died on street fined €30,000
The animal died on a public road around noon on Thursday as residents and visitors looked on.
After his arrest for violating animal welfare legislation, the 76-year-old was led before a prosecutor and issued with an administrative fine of 30,000 Euros.
The animal was reportedly suffering from a chronic lung condition, making it unsuitable for carriage work.
A photograph accompanying the report showed a dead animal on a footpath covered by a large orange sheet.
A veterinarian will conduct an autopsy on the horse to establish the cause of death.
Under animal welfare legislation, the operation of horse-drawn carriages is prohibited from 1 to 5 p.m. during the summer months and also in temperatures of 35C and above.
During these times, the animals should be allowed rest in a shady and cool place.
On Friday, animal welfare associations on the island held a protest on the land, holding banners stating, “no more dead animals on the altar of profit,” and, “Corfu won’t become Santorini: stop horse carriages.”