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Prosecutor’s office investigating case of abandoned horses in Osogovo mountain

Prosecutor’s office investigating case of abandoned horses in Osogovo mountain

27 March 2018 | 13:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Yesterday, the Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation after horses were found abandoned in the Osogovo mountain. The prosecutors gathered sufficient evidence of crime and instituted pretrial proceedings, Spokesperson for the Prosecutor-General Rumyana Arnaudova told Nova TV.
“The District Prosecutor's Office in Kyustendil began an investigation into a case of animal cruelty and wrongful death. The punishment for this type of crime is from 1 to 3 years of imprisonment and a fine from BGN 2,000 to 5,000,” said Rumyana Arnaudova.
“The prosecutors will also investigate whether there has been misuse of European funds. We have information that the person or persons who committed the crime had an obligation to take care of the animals. The owner of the horses had received quite good sums in EU grants for horse breeding,” she said.
“We don’t know yet how many animals have died. The media coverage clearly indicates a case of animal cruelty. The horses that are still alive are in a serious health condition. It is quite possible that the rescue crews will not be able to reach them and take care of them, feed them and treat them. There can be more negative consequences,” the prosecutor said.
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