18 suffering dogs rescued by Guardia Civil

A Guardia Civil SEPRONA Patrol, the Nature & Animal Protection Service division, in San Mateo, have launched an investigation into a person of Spanish nationality, 42 years of age, resident in the municipality of Santa Brígida, suspected of serious animal abuse, after 18 dogs were discovered in very poor conditions in kennels attached to his home.

Following a citizen complaint to the Guardia Civil, SEPRONA agents carried out inspections to verify the state in which the 17 podencos and one mestizo were being kept.

Following the intervention, SEPRONA urgently requested the Health Department of the Town Council of Villa de Santa Brígida assign a veterinarian to the scene, as well as confiscation of all the animals.

Subsequently four podencos were shown to be so extremely thin as to have severe difficulties with mobility, problems standing up, various wounds or positioning sores; in addition eight other podencos displayed serious thinness, presenting smaller wounds along with two young just a few hours old still connected to the umbilical cord, suggesting that the female mother might still contain more pups inside her body.

No documentation

The agents found that ten of the animals did not have any veterinary cards and were not properly identified as required on the basis animal protection law, nor did they have health cards; in addition none of the animals had had vaccines since at least 2013, which are obligatory under the Government of the Canaries decree of 18 March 1998, which establishes the requirement for annual vaccination of domestic animals.

The existence of six further animal’s cards were also verified as belonging to animals that had died without the circumstances having been communicated to any veterinary doctor, according to the Guardia Civil investigators.

The agents counted a total of 19 kennels in a deplorable state from a sanitary point of view, containing abundant excrement – apparently not collected for days – as well as urine on the ground, many dogs had no access to water or food while others just had containers of murky green water, denoting a clear lack of care and general cleaning.

This inspections carried out by the veterinarian doctor who came to the scene allowed SEPRONA to corroborate the state of health in which the animals were discovered, in various states of malnutrition, in four cases very serious with imminent risk to life, and all in very bad physical states.

Due to the extreme malnutrition  presented by several of the animals with lesions corresponding to postural sores, one specimen showing severe conjunctivitis, cachexia (extreme malnutrition), postural sores and necrosis evident on several parts of their skin, with at least one of the wounds exposing part of the bone beneath; another of the animals was suffering blindness in both eyes.