The Guardia Civil is investigating a 57-year-old man from Vélez-Málaga for allegedly abandoning his dog in Salobreña.
The Asociación SOS Animales Salobreña found an old greyhound wandering through the town, covered in parasites, tumours and scars, in an obvious state of malnutrition, so they reported their find at the Guardia Civil post.
The Seprona department of the Guardia Civil in Motril took the case up and found that the animal had a microchip implant which supplied the name of the owner and his place of residence; i.e., Vélez-Málaga.
Upon questioning, the man said that he had given the dog to another person six months ago, but would not say to whom.
As the man had not registered the change of ownership with the Registro Andaluz de Identificación Animal, he could not demonstrate the transaction. Furthermore, as he had not reported the dog stolen or simply missing (which is obligatory if it is the case) he is being charged with abandoning a domestic animal (pet).
It has long been the practice of many hunters who use these dogs to either kill them or simply abandon them when they come to the end of their “useful hunting life.”
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)