A health check-up camp organized by the Greater Chennai Corporation and the Tamil Nadu Animal Welfare Board (TNAWB) witnessed the registration of 129 horses being used for commercial purposes in the city. The initiative aimed to address complaints about the poor conditions in which these horses were being kept.
Out of the registered horses, 122 were also microchipped for identification. The horses, often used for joyrides, weddings, film shoots, and chariot rides, were primarily found in the Triplicane and Chepauk areas.
The TNAWB received three emaciated horses from owners and identified 11 more horses whose owners have yet to register. In light of the situation, activists have proposed the establishment of a common shelter in Chepauk to address the welfare of these animals.