Chester, the horse that was beaten by his owner in a viral video, is now safe and sound at his new home thanks to the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), a non-governmental organization based in Indonesia.
Many netizens were furious after a video from Depok, Indonesia went viral, showing a carriage driver whipping and abusing his exhausted horse lying on the street. Some people actually tried to contact local authorities to take action against the animal cruelty.
Depok officials responding to the public’s call reprimanded Chester’s owner, however no charges were filed. They even certified that the horse was fit to return to work.
Since the authorities did not do much to help Chester, the non-profit organization took it upon themselves to make sure the horse gets better treatment. The group tried to talk to the owner of the horse, but he was not very cooperative, as seen in the update video posted on Facebook last Friday. But moments after discussing, the owner finally decided to give Chester to JAAN.
Chester was brought to his new home in Arthayasa Stables & Country Club in Depok, where he enjoyed lying down and rolling around the new grass. “Last Thursday was a BIG day for the horse from Depok who we have named Chester! No more hard work, no more abuse! Last Thursday, Chester was picked up & his life has changed drastically,” JAAN wrote on its Facebook post on Sunday.