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38 dogs rescued in Axarquía-wide operation against animal cruelty

The German Shepherd had to be put down.
The German Shepherd had to be put down. / Guardia Civil
  • Seprona intervened in three separate cases in one day in Torrox and Benajarafe and the owners are being investigated for ill-treating their pets

Officers from the Guardia Civil's nature protection service Seprona in Vélez-Málaga and Nerja carried out three separate raids relating to suspected animal cruelty in Benajarafe and Torrox on Wednesday.

The first raid took place in Benajarafe after receiving a tip-off about a possible animal abuse situation involving a German Shepherd. The dog was found in a “lamentable condition”, said sources. It was extremely underweight and weak which prevented it from being able to move. The dog also had a number of open and infected wounds.

Terrible suffering

The animal, which was eight-years-old, was found in a place which lacked basic hygiene and cleanliness and was covered in parasites, including tics, flies and worms. It was lying in its own excrement and showed signs of “terrible suffering” at the hands of its owner.

Police investigations revealed that the dog had been ill for around two weeks and had not been attended to by a vet.

Officers later took the German Shepherd to an animal shelter, where it was put down due to the seriousness of its condition.

On the same day in Torrox, Seprona Nerja carried out an investigation at a farmhouse where 30 dogs of different breeds were discovered living in unhygienic conditions. They all showed signs of having been mistreated by their owner.

A third investigation

The third investigation also took place in Torrox, where officers found seven dogs of different breeds, five of which were being kept in small enclosures whose floors were covered in the animals' own excrement.

A further two malnourished dogs were found in the grounds of the farmhouse, one of which had had its leg partially amputated and the owners were unable to prove that the amputation had been carried out by a vet.

The owners of the dogs in all three cases are being investigated by police on suspicion of abandoning the animals.