Animals evacuated from illegal equestrian centre

ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE – THIRTY-NINE animals have been moved from an illegal equestrian centre in the Santa Amalia-Las Monjas area of Alhaurin de la Torre, according to press reports. Guardia Civil, Local Police, Junta de Andalucia vets and local corporation staff moved 21 horses, 12 chicken and six dogs to other authorized centers while the trial against the owner of the stables is ongoing.

They reportedly had to break into the property because the owner was not there, although he was required to do so by law.

The centre was reported by the Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil in 2009 for having more than 60 animals, including a tiger. In February 2010, 26 animals died there after the Guadalhorce broke its banks in torrential rains.

The horses were allegedly thin, under-fed, dirty and poorly cared for both on this occasion, and back in 2009.

There are several reports against the stable, including for having been built on protected land which can flood, and there is a demolition order for the building.

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