For about a year and a half, there is an NGO in San Juan, which is dedicated to taking care of the horses that are victims of abuse. It is called «Equine Rescue», and constantly collaborates with the police to raise the awareness of owners and ultimately restoring it.
«Our priority is the care and rescue of horses. Each one of us is usually to come usually another protective group, usually dogs. We begin to see ourselves in different interventions with horses and we decided to meet for help from another point», he told Newspaper La Provinica, one of the founding members, Eduardo Aguero.
The intervention is conducted and supported by the police, after raising the complaint. «There is a criminal law that has to do with the animal abuse that is, through which we proceed, not only to kidnapping, but that we make the corresponding complaint. While it is a crime excarcelable, because the penalties are 1 to 3 years, we rely on it to do the operations».
With the amount of rescues they perform, a need for a farm very large to be able to accommodate them, so they rely on the help of people who are responsible. «Our association is composed of many contributors, and some of them have farms that provide for us the space to hold the horses until the judge decides if he should return to the owner or not. In the meantime, we have to take care of the maintenance in terms of feeding and veterinary care. We work with the veterinarian Paul Benavídez, which is to our knowledge is the best in the province in terms of horses».
The organization does not receive any kind of subsidy, but is maintained thanks to the contribution of the members. «We have different types of partners, are assets, which contribute $50, guards $100 and sponsors of $200. It is thanks to them that you can buy the medication and maintenance. Because whenever we pick up a new horse is because it is in a very bad condition and back to health, which involves a significant expense».
In addition to the rescues usual, they also work to control the good condition of the animals at different events. «Very recently we were doing the support on the Ride the Deceased’s Belt, and it was a big expenditure because it tried around 4 thousand horses».
«While we are not in accord even with the domas or with the trick riding, and much less with the rides, yes we are, where are the horses, that’s why we partnered with the Federation of rio grande do Sul», said the protectionist.