Drug-carrying horses escape death sentence

A prosecutor in Florina saved the lives of four horses that were going to be put down after they were found carrying 300 kilos of hashish near the border with Albania, authorities said yesterday. The horses were found wandering on their own on Tuesday morning in the area of Pervali in Prespes. Traffickers often use horses or mules to carry drugs across the border. According to the law, any animals that enter the country illegally must be put down. However, after a similar case last month which led to five horses being put down, there was an outcry over the practice. As a result, prosecutor Odysseas Tsorbatzoglou discovered a loophole in the law this time. He said the horses should pass into Greek ownership following veterinary tests. But if the horses are found to be carrying diseases, they will be put down.