By Laura Taylor • 08 July 2020 • 13:56
Heartless Owner: Leaves dog locked away.
Credit: Pontevedra Local Police
Police officers in Pontevedra, Galicia, have intervened to rescue a poor dog who was locked in his owner’s car in the middle of a suffocating heatwave. Police received several complaints from passers-by about a dog who was left in the car during 35-degree weather.
People began to complain as the heat outside was excruciating and the dog was showing clear signs of dehydration. His owner, a resident in Cullerdo, was relaxing on the beach and going for a swim but decided to leave her dog in the car.
These kinds of offences are increasingly witnessed as the summer season enters full swing. A similar situation occurred in a property San Xoan where the owner had left his dog tied up for various days and without any medical attention for his wounds. Costa del Sol has also recently cracked down on animal abuse and rescued over a hundred dogs, horses and exotic animals.
This type of offence can incur a sanction which oscillates between €500 and €5,000 and falls under the Animal Wellness Law. This law was enacted as pet owners must take full responsibility for the well-being of their animals, it is an obligation to tend to the animal’s needs and not doing so could result in hefty fines.
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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations. She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.
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