By Tara Rippin • 21 December 2018 • 17:01
CATTLE: The farmer went to Inca police station to report the slaying of some of cattle, but denied shooting the dog (file image).
A FARMER who shot dead a German shepherd which had reportedly attacked his sheep, killing one of them, faces charges of ‘animal abuse resulting in death’ in Sencelles, Mallorca (Spain).
The dog was one of two which had escaped from a nearby property.
The owner apparently heard shots and minutes later only one of the animals returned to the house.
However, the farmer went to Inca police station to report the slaying of some of cattle, but denied shooting the dog.
An investigation was launched and officers visited the defendant’s farm where they found a ‘recent grave’, which on examination, contained the corpses of a sheep and a German shepherd.
A chip in the dog’s neck confirmed it was the missing animal and an autopsy revealed the cause of death had been a shot with a firearm.
A date for the abuse hearing is to be set.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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