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Horses abandoned in Spain during austere times (PHOTOS)

Harsh economic conditions have forced many owners to abandon their horses.

Horses abandoned in Spain during austere times (PHOTOS)

The economic crisis has claimed more victims, this time, of the equine breed. Once purchased as proud status symbols of rich families, the horses of Spain have been abandoned.

Tens of thousands of them have headed to the slaughter house, according to Agence France Presse.