By Cathy Elelman • 30 March 2020 • 16:27
THE Spanish Environment Public Prosecutor has issued a warning on people adopting abandoned dogs to justify going out under the coronavirus crisis lockdown.
Antonio Vercher has issued a communication to provincial environment public prosecutors, Guardia Civil, National and municipal police and forest officers reporting “a notable increase in the adoption or fostering of pets, especially dogs, following the State of Alarm.
“The Public Prosecutor does not know whether these adoptions en masse stem from honest interests or rather are due to the new owners getting an excuse to be able to go out onto the street,” it continues.
It goes on to say the Public Prosecutor has predicted there could be an increase in the number of abandoned dogs once the State of Alarm comes to an end.
The communication stresses abandoning an animal is a crime under article 337 of the Penal Code, and orders public prosecutors to investigate possible cases, informing the police and requesting information from the relevant public and private entities.
Under the State of Alarm regulations people are allowed to take out their dogs for a short walk.
Spanish press has reported that the Guardia Civil in A Coruña reported a man for renting out his dog to other people so they could leave their homes for a walk.
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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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