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Woman on trial for causing death of chihuahua in Malaga

  • The prosecutor is calling for a three-year ban on the woman working with or owning animals

A woman, charged with causing the death of a chihuahua, will appear in court on 28 October. The public prosecutor's office is calling for a 12-month prison sentence for the accused.

The alleged crime took place over the Christmas of 2015, when the woman left the chihuahua and another mixed-breed dog in her locked house in Alhaurín el Grande, "without food, water, ventilation or even sunlight".

It was the woman's neighbour who alerted officers in January 2016, after hearing constant barking and smelling an unpleasant odour coming from the house.

Upon entering the residence, officers discovered the chihuahua dead on the sofa, and the other dog to be "in a terrible state", surrounded by filth. The probable cause of death was "the malnutrition and dehydration caused by the accused, who, knowing that the animals were in the house, left them in those conditions".

In addition to the possible 12-month prison sentence, the prosecutor is calling for a three-year ban on the woman working with or owning animals.