By Cathy Elelman • 15 July 2020 • 14:03
RAID: Police officers prevented six other malnourished mutts from devouring the dog.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional
POLICE saved a dog’s life just in the nick of time in El Ejido after a suspected drug dealer tossed it to other mutts for food.
Officers who had the property in Calle Colombia under surveillance decided to go in immediately based on the certainty an animal’s life was in danger.
The officers dashed through to the terrace and managed to stop six dogs considered dangerous breeds from devouring another to satisfy their desperate need for food.
The six dogs showed clear signs of malnutrition and were being kept in appalling conditions.
All the animals are now in the care of the SOS Adopta Animal Protection Society in Pechina.
When the officers burst in the 23-year-old owner, barefoot and just in his underwear, tried to make a run for it over roof tops, but he ended up surrounded by police.
He was charged with animal mistreatment. He also faces charges for crimes against public health and for defrauding the power supply.
The original investigation into the goings on at the property launched at the beginning of the month followed complaints from neighbours. They reported their suspicions it was being used as an indoor marijuana plantation and a drug sales point.
Police surveillance operations over several days and at different times indicated the suspicions were well-founded.
The raid on the house led to the seizure of marijuana, hashish, cocaine, ecstasy and 37 marihuana plants.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional
A court ordered the 23-year-old be held in prison.
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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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