Horse Battered in Gaza Brought to Safety in Israel

A Palestinian man leads his horse in Gaza City on January 27, 2016. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jerusalem Post reports: After suffering from poor treatment at a farm in Gaza, an Israeli horse named Ohio has now safely returned home.

Ohio’s owner had sold him to a trader in Gaza, only to later find out that he was being used for show jumping at a farm in the strip, according the Agriculture Ministry. Once the owner became aware of the situation, he requested the ministry’s help in bringing the horse back home.

Due to the horse’s poor state of health at the farm, the ministry’s Veterinary Services made a special exception and decided to immediately bring Ohio back to Israel.

As officials arranged for Ohio’s release, they also established a quarantine stable in an Israeli community close to the Gazan border, the Agriculture Ministry said.

They selected the specific community for its close proximity to the border as well as the lack of other horses within a 300-meter radius.

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