Aban­doned by owner, in­jured horse dies

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com Res­i­dents protest against the au­thor­i­ties at Ul­has­na­gar on Wed­nes­day.

A man aban­doned his ail­ing, se­verely in­jured and mal­nour­ished horse on a road at Shanti­na­gar in Ul­has­na­gar on Tues­day night.

Even as the res­i­dents and passers-by tried to get help from the au­thor­i­ties, the horse died af­ter a few hours. They called up the po­lice and fire bri­gade but they passed on the re­spon­si­bil­ity to oth­ers.

The horse was be­tween 6 and 8 years old and was bleed­ing.

As the horse lay dy­ing, the peo­ple protested against the au­thor­i­ties’ ap­a­thy by block­ing the road. This led to a huge traf­fic jam in the area.

The horse could not stand and when the res­i­dents looked at its wors­en­ing con­di­tion, they ap­plied turmeric on its legs.

Umesh Gupta, 29, a labourer from Ul­has­na­gar, was among those who tried to get help.

“Around 60 peo­ple gath­ered near the an­i­mal and tried to save it. When we called up the fire bri­gade, they asked us to call Ul­has­na­gar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (UMC). We do not have an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal in Ul­has­na­gar,” said Gupta.

The an­gry crowd protested by form­ing a chain and block­ing the road from Shanti­na­gar to C block area in Ul­has­na­gar.

“We parked our ve­hi­cles on the road to protest be­cause of which there was huge traf­fic on the road as the same road con­nects Sha­had,” said Gupta.

When the po­lice con­trol room was alerted about the traf­fic jam and the protest, they rushed to the spot but the horse had died.

“Af­ter a cou­ple of hours, UMC of­fi­cials, the po­lice and the fire bri­gade per­son­nel reached the spot. The horse was picked with a crane and put in a dumper,” added Gupta

The horse died of mul­ti­ple in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­juries.

Nitu John, 26, an an­i­mal lover from Ul­has­na­gar, was on the spot to join the protest.

“The of­fi­cials sim­ply shrugged off their re­spon­si­bil­ity. The horse had mul­ti­ple in­juries, he was suf­fer­ing from oedema and was bleed­ing from his left eye,” she said.

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