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The Civil Guard is investigating a neighbor of Lorca for an offense animal abandonment (20/09/2016)

The animal was found dead, tied with a string of short length and full sun in the courtyard of a villa

It had reduced mobility so I could not rest his head on the ground, nor had access to water and food

The investigation proceedings have instructed him on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and pets

The Civil Guard in the region of Murcia has developed the operation 'string' to investigate the death in suspicious circumstances of a found dog in a house of Lorca, which has culminated in the identification and investigation of a person, which they will have instructed proceedings on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals (animals abandonment).

The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Civil Guard operation began when he was alerted by the local police in Lorca of an alleged crime of animal abuse occurred in the deputation of Tercia Lorca.

Collaboration with the local police in Lorca

Initially, a local resident informed the local police of the discovery of the body of a dog, which emitted a strong odor and that was in the courtyard of a villa.

The agents moved to the place, verified the fact, collected all possible evidence and reported it to the collector pet the City of Lorca, for the removal and deposit of the corpse.

Local police moved all information to the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Civil Guard, which took over the investigation.

The Civil Guard SEPRONA made appropriate to clarify the death of the animal findings.

In the place of finding they observed that the string which was tied the animal was lower dimensions that indicate the ordinances tenure pets.

In addition, the chain had two laps to the column by the movements made by the animal, which led to his radio movement will be further reduced and forced the animal to remain hanging on the chain without being able to lay his head on the floor without to make any movement with the same, apparently the reason that could cause the death of the animal, compounded with the body could be a long time ready to the action of sunlight and without access to water and food, lack of monitoring and care of your responsibility.

After obtaining all necessary evidence, the Civil Guard has located the responsible found dead dog, that have been instructed proceedings on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals (animal abuse).

With this operation, the SEPRONA again fulfills the incipient proliferation of legal provisions that protect the rights of animals, who boast a figure adequately protected by our existing Criminal Code.

The investigation and the proceedings initiated have been made available to the Court of Instruction No. 5 of Lorca (Murcia).

The crime of animal abuse

The offense concerning the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals (animal abuse) is reflected in the recent reform of the Penal Code, which defines it as the fact unjustifiably mistreat animals, by any means or process, causing injury which severely damage their health or death is punishable by three to eighteen months' imprisonment and disqualification from one to four years for the exercise of profession, trade or business that is related to animals and animal husbandry.

Within the same criminal concept, the animal abandonment is defined as to leave an animal in a position where it can endanger your life or integrity and is punishable by a fine of one to six months and disqualification of three months to one year for exercise of profession, trade or business that is related to animals and animal husbandry.

Campaign against abuse and neglect of pets #YoSiPuedoContarlo

With the main objective to sensitize citizens to promote the necessary measures for the protection, management and welfare for pets, as well as to denounce those behaviors contrary to animal welfare which they have knowledge, the Civil Guard began last July 29 #YoSiPuedoContarlo campaign.

The campaign is being released through the official channels of the Civil Guard in different social networks and in the media who wish to join the initiative or to echo it.

During 2015, the Civil Guard became aware of 10,793 administrative offenses and crimes in which 609 were arrested or investigated for animal abuse 426 people (4,000 of them dogs).

This shows that there is a problem of abuse and pet abandonment, which must be denounced to try to eradicate it and, of course, to put the animal to safety as soon as possible and punish perpetrators, as this contrary behavior to animals, besides being intolerable, they are offenses under the Penal Code.

The Civil Guard has detected 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 most interaction generated in our Twitter followers and Facebook is the application of citizen cooperation to solve crimes of abuse to animals or the fact that the citizens themselves who send us information and photographs of abuse cases to investigate.

The second objective of this campaign is to raise awareness that having a pet is a big responsibility, because it is not a whim and then when it comes to caring for or when you want to go on vacation, they can leave.

Animal abuse data in 2015

Among the violations and offenses detected in 2015 it is necessary to review the 450 dogs that were abandoned;

23 dogs hanged;

the 44 victims of beating or beatings of which 23 died;

47 injured with firearms, of which 27 died, and 115 dogs poisoned.

To these figures must be added the 97 dogs found in a state of malnutrition and 353 victims of robberies and thefts.

With respect to previous years, it is noteworthy that there has been an increase in cases of crimes of abuse or neglect of domestic animals (294 cases in 2014).

This increase in crime is motivated by greater public awareness to the problem of animal abuse that has led the public to report these facts to the competent authorities and the reform of the Penal Code of 2015.

#YoSiPuedoContarlo campaign

If you want to join this campaign shoot a video with the slogan "I can tell yes" or a photo with the hashtag #YoSiPuedoContarlo and upload it to your social profile lasredes.

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

Twitter: @Guardiacivil

Facebook: GuardiaCivil.es

Instagram: Guardiacivil062

The campaign has been organized with the invaluable and selfless collaboration of Backstage Productions and actors and actresses.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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