The state in which the Local Police team found the animal. / SUR

Owner reported for not taking dog with six-kilo tumour to the vet

The 58-year-old man kept the dog in ‘deplorable conditions’ inside a flat, according to the Gruprona local police officers in Malaga

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

A 58-year-old man in Malaga has been reported after Local Police officers found a dog with a six-kilo tumour being kept in ‘deplorable conditions’ in a flat in the city. The animal could barely move and dragged the lump on the ground and had to rest every few steps, according to the team.

The investigation began in September, when members of the Nature Protection Group (Gruprona) of Malaga’s Local Police force visited the property where the animal was being kept. The dog's owner, a 58-year-old man, gave his consent for the officers to go inside and there they found a black dog that had a cyst of around 40 square centimetres that prevented her from performing any type of physical activity as any movement caused pain or physical discomfort.

Not vaccinated

The Gruprona officers discovered that neither the owner of the dog, or his son, had taken the animal to a veterinary clinic for treatment, which led to the tumour getting worse over the years. The police team also found that the dog had not been vaccinated in the last ten years either. The man now faces animal abuse charges.

Operation

After being urged to do so by the Gruprona offices, the 58-year-old man took the dog to a veterinary clinic. There she was operated on and the lump, which was a breast tumor, was removed. Now, she is reported to be recovering well.