A video which went viral, showing an overweight woman sitting on a miniature horse, has resulted in the arrest of three people, according to Dutch news reports.
Two 57-year-old men and a 58-year-old woman were arrested in the Dutch town of Groningen on Wednesday after the video of the woman was posted online and went viral.
The charges allege animal abuse.
Internet users expressed their anger over the miniature’s treatment on websites and in social media.
The footage shows the gelding or stallion clearly struggling to hold the weight of the overweight woman, who is wearing a black lace top and carrying a whip.
The pony eventually goes down. The video shows the woman continuing to sit on the pony, even after the animal is no longer standing.
The Volkskrant newspaper reported that two of those involved reported to police after the video hit the headlines.
The third party arrested is understood to be involved in a production company, and was not present when the video was filmed.
MPs from the animal rights party PvdD have called on Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to increase monitoring of animal abuse, with reports suggesting other online videos are now under investigation.
Later report here.