23 birds and animals stolen from shelter and mutilated

23 birds and animals stolen from shelter and mutilated

The fox from the shelter has not yet been found CREDIT: SEO Melilla - Facebook

THE Guardia Civil Nature Protection Service, SEPRONA, is investigating the theft of 23 animals from the Melilla Bird Recovery Centre.

The animals include two peregrine falcons, a macaw, three barn owls, two harris eagles, a buzzard, a silent eagle, a marsh harrier, a gray owl, a snowy owl, an African owl, eight kestrels and a fox, but the worst thing is that several of the birds have been thrown on the ground headless and mutilated, the local SEO-Melilla Group reported.
The fox has not yet appeared.
The housing in which the animals were kept was also destroyed.
The entity for the conservation of the environment dependent on the ornithological / ecologist organization SEO / Birdlife Spain has highlighted that, although the theft is serious, what has shocked them most is the number of animals stolen and the fate they have suffered.
They have said that “it is such an atrocious act that we hope that the necessary officers are working to clarify the facts”.
They have also asked to know what security measures were in place and if there are security cameras.
The compound is located within the Fuerte de Rostrogordo which houses a centre for unaccompanied underage minors who arrive in Spain illegally. This area has a fence and the compound has its own fence.

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Jennifer Leighfield

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’.


    • Ed Wilcox

      12 February 2021 • 14:28

      We are in Spain. This story will not surprise anyone who has lived here for a few years. Caring for animals is seen as something very strange, something that foreigners in their ghettos do for reasons that most Spaniards don’t understand.

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