Moclinejo town hall sets up pioneer animal protection unit

File image of dogs in a rescue centre.
File image of dogs in a rescue centre. / SUR
  • The service will be able to provide basic care and rescue in emergency situations as well as give general information and help to pet owners

All of the political parties at Moclinejo town hall have voted in favour of creating an animal protection and rescue unit.

The unit (Unidad de Protección y Rescate Animal or UPRA in Spanish) will form part of the Moclinejo-El Valdés civil protection (Protección Civil) group, and will be the first of its kind in Spain.

Francisco Delgado Bonilla, who is responsible for Sustainability at Malaga's provincial authority, Diputación, said during a meeting on Monday morning that the unit would be supported by his department.

The UPRA will be equipped to rescue, transport, identify and offer basic care to animals in emergency situations and will be based in a property belonging to Moclinejo town hall. Protocols will be followed according to the needs of individual animals that come into the unit's care. It will also provide information, vaccination campaigns and other help to pet owners.

The unit will work with vets, security forces, other animal protection associations and individuals and has already made contact with many of them.

For Antonio Muñoz Anaya, Mayor of Moclinejo, the creation of the animal rescue and protection unit is “an achievement in the field of civil protection which is going to attend to the basic needs of many animals”.

During 2016 and 2017 many cases of abandonment and ill treatment of animals were reported in Moclinejo, which eventually led to the idea for the unit.