By Jennifer Leighfield • 23 December 2020 • 10:49
A MAN, 40, was arrested at a slum in Sevilla after National Police discovered that he had five dogs which he kept in awful conditions.
The dogs were kept tied up, almost unable to move with hardly any food or water, and covered in wounds from illegal dog fights.
On their first visit, the police found two puppies, a galgo (similar to a greyhound) and a bull terrier, hidden under some bushes, close to death and doused in petrol. They were put in the police car and taken to a vet. The galgo puppy had severe hypothermia and was in shock, possibly from poisoning.
Despite the efforts of the police and the Benjamin Mehnert Foundation, which specialises in galgos, the puppy died the following day.
The police returned to El Vacie slum and found the other three dogs, which were also taken into care.
When they attempted to arrest the man, he violently resisted, escaped from them and hid in a shack, with the help and support of a crowd of people who threatened the police in an attempt to prevent him from being detained.
He was eventually arrested by the National Police and charged with animal abuse and resisting officers of the law.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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