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The Civil Guard investigates the owners of a livestock farm in Lorca for the crime of animal abandonment (06/09/2019)

SEPRONA has processed several proposals for administrative sanctions for alleged irregularities in the documentation of the establishment and animals

The collaboration of veterinarians of the General Directorate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with veterinarians of the General Directorate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Regional Office of Agriculture of Lorca) and thanks to citizen collaboration, has developed an investigation that has allowed the discovery of a Thirty corpses of sheep and goats spread on a livestock farm, located in the municipality of Lorca, as well as about a hundred live malnourished animals and in very poor health conditions.

The investigation has culminated in the investigation of proceedings, in which the owners of the farm have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of animal abandonment.

In addition, SEPRONA has processed several administrative sanction proposals for alleged irregularities in the documentation of the establishment and the animals.

Thanks to citizen collaboration

The investigation began thanks to citizen collaboration, when the Civil Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Civil Guard was alerted to the discovery of dozens of corpses of sheep and goats next to the Rambla del Río Amir, located in the municipality from Lorca.

SEPRONA agents moved to the site and located a livestock farm, where they found numerous animal remains in different rotting states, some of them dead recently and others mummified.

The inspection of the establishment made it possible to verify that the bodies were scattered throughout the enclosure, even within the shells where live cattle were housed.

In addition, the latter were in a state of malnutrition and in deplorable hygienic-sanitary conditions.

Subsequently, together with veterinarians of the Regional Office of Agriculture of Lorca (OCA), the Civil Guard examined the documentation of the establishment and the animals, which uncovered various irregularities such as the absence, in a dozen of the ruminants, of the corresponding identification tag , so that the corresponding administrative sanction proposals have been processed.

For all these reasons, the Benemérita has concluded the investigation by instructing the two owners of the male, Spanish and neighboring Lorca farm owners as alleged perpetrators of animal abandonment.

The persons investigated and the errands instructed have been made available to the Court of Instruction of Lorca (Murcia).

The offense related to the protection of the flora, fauna and domestic animals for animal abuse or neglect, typified in the current Criminal Code, is punishable by penalties of three months and one day to one year in prison, and special disqualification of one year and one day to three years for the exercise of the profession, trade or trade that is related to animals, as well as for their possession.

Campaign against abuse and neglect of domestic animals #YoSiPuedoContarlo

With the main objective of raising public awareness to promote the necessary measures in the protection, management and welfare of domestic animals, as well as to denounce those behaviors contrary to the animal welfare of which they have knowledge, the Civil Guard initiated the campaign # I can tell.

The Civil Guard has been detecting an increase in public awareness, not only through formal complaints, but also among users of social networks, as evidenced by the fact that one of the issues that generate more interaction in our Twitter followers and Facebook is the request for citizen collaboration to clarify crimes of mistreatment of animals.

The second objective of this campaign is to make the population aware that having an animal is a great responsibility and that animal abandonment is punishable by the current Criminal Code.

#YoSiPuedoContarlo campaign

If you want to join this campaign, record a video with the slogan "I can tell it" or a photograph with the hashtag #YoSiPuedoContar and upload it to your social networks profile.

Also, if you know of any case of animal abuse or neglect, report it on the telephone 062 in the email seprona@guardiacivil.org or in our social media profiles.

Twitter: @Guardiacivil

Facebook: GuardiaCivil.es

Instagram: Guardiacivil062

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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