By Cathy Elelman • 01 December 2019 • 16:00
CONDITIONS: Police found dogs with eye ulcers, skin problems and uncut claws.
THE Alicante Local Police Canine Unit rescued 36 sick dogs which they found packed into a small apartment in Calle Pintor Gaston Castello.
The animals, all small and medium-sized mongrels, and including two five-day old puppies, reportedly had eye ulcers, skin conditions and long, uncut claws. One had a fractured paw and two of the females had to be operated on due to uncertainties their pregnancies could go to full term.
The dogs were also extremely wary of people.
The discovery followed a neighbour’s complaint to the council about the dogs’ barking and the smell, also reporting the animals were never taken out of the property.
The dogs were taken to the municipal shelter.
Alicante city Security councillor Jose Ramón Gonzalez said the dogs would be put up for adoption. He also reminded residents to call the local police or 112 to report suspected cases of animal mistreatment in order than an investigation could be opened.
“Complaints are critical when it comes to detecting and putting an end to animal mistreatment, which is a crime”, the councillor commented.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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