A HORSE suffering from heatstroke inflamed animal rights activists in Marbella.

Tourist carriage horse in Marbella
Tourist carriage horse in Marbella

The carriage horse collapsed from heat exhaustion in the Albarizas neighbourhood.

Police and environmental protection officers arrived quickly and doused the horse before transferring it to a shelter.

Pictures of the horse sparked cries to ban carriage rides in Marbella, where horses are often forced to stand in the direct sun for hours on end.

The horse’s owner was charged with animal mistreatment, which can be punished under law with either a three month to a year prison stint, banning from any animal-related trade for one to three years, and fines between €75-30,000.

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