Reader’s Letter: Dog Plight

Señor Darby,
 
NRJ dog 02 OnLI’m writing on behalf of the Coastal Animal Society (CAS)  regarding a horrific case of animal abuse, regrettably not unusual.  I’m not sure how interested you are in publishing things like this but the following is a case history of a fairly successful rescue.
 
Rescued after six years in Hell
 
In the remote countryside of Cómpeta/Sayalonga 6 years ago, 11 puppies were incarcerated in a purpose built hell-hole of a building that was divided inside into 12 cages.

Each cage was approx. 1 metre wide by 2 metres deep.  At the back of the cage was a step approx. 1 metre high across the width of the cage. The puppies were kept in those cages for 6 years, with concerned neighbours not knowing what could be done about the situation and having no idea of the extent of the horror within those walls.

Eventually, disturbed by heart-wrenching screams and howls each night, they alerted the Costa Animal Society (CAS) to the plight of the dogs. CAS immediately contacted ADA, the local association of animal rescues.


NRJ Dog 04 OnLAnimal rescue volunteers from ADA visited and found the shocking conditions 
in which the poor animals were being kept. There was no roof, the windows
were broken, the floor was ankle deep in excrement, there was no food and the only water was a dark filthy sludge.

Each dog had a rigid, fixed, metal-chain collar encased in hosing and was confined to the 1 metre wide step.

Even with no roof and no windows, the stench was horrendous.

Photos were taken and a denuncia was submitted on 19th December to Seprona
 at Vélez Málaga who transferred it to Seprona in Nerja.

They visited 
on 22nd December but found that the roof had been replaced so didn’t enter. They noted that there was nothing untoward but gave no feedback.

By 29th January, as nothing had been done about the conditions that the
dogs were still living in, ADA contacted Seprona, Nerja, whose officer Martinez said that he could see nothing wrong as there was no minimum-cage-size law.

A further denuncia was therefore submitted by the association of animal rescues, this time direct to Torrox Court.

Again, nothing appeared to happen and a group of neighbours, whose lives 
were being affected by the pitiful screaming and howling of the dogs each night, met with the local mayor and were advised to make denuncias to the Guardia Civil.

Six denuncias were therefore submitted on 10th February after which Seprona officers again visited twice. On the 2nd occasion, they attended with the OCA vet and they met with the owner of the dogs.  



However still nothing changed. ADA made a further denuncia, this time via
the Alerta Animal scheme, but again no action resulted. The neighbours
 could now see that the owner was only visiting the dogs every 7 – 10 days.



He was therefore contacted to see if he no longer wanted the dogs. He at first resisted, saying he loved them all. ADA volunteers persisted and he was eventually persuaded that it was in everyone’s best interests for the dogs to be given up for adoption.

However even after accepting the inevitable, he reneged on 2 agreements to meet the animal rescue representatives at the premises to sign over the dogs so that they could be taken out in a planned way.

Instead he suddenly rang at 6 o’clock at night to say that he was just leaving to take the dogs to the central Vélez Málaga vet (who had helped him to set up the accommodation in which he’d kept the dogs in such appalling conditions), and that if the organisation wanted the dogs then they’d better meet him there.



Despite the complete lack of notice, ADA members attended and secured the handover of the 8 dogs that he’d brought on a trailer, all of whom were
clearly traumatised by their experience at his hands.

They were therefore taken for assessment and veterinary care before being neutered and put up for adoption. As for the other 3 dogs, he explained that one had died and he had given the other two (the pitbulls) to ‘a friend.’

Yours sincerely
S.H. (Maro)

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