AN­I­MAL ABUSE CRACK­DOWN

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Costa del Sol News - - FRONT PAGE - By Oliver McIn­tyre

THE Guardia Civil are in­ves­ti­gat­ing 50 sus­pects over al­leged an­i­mal abuse or ne­glect, as part a crack­down launched in Málaga prov­ince in Jan­uary of this year. Op­er­a­tion ‘Malum’ has seen 316 an­i­mals res­cued fol­low­ing in­spec­tions of over 200 pri­vate ken­nels, farms, an­i­mal refuges and other fa­cil­i­ties, said Guardia Civil of­fi­cials.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered many an­i­mals kept in de­plorable con­di­tions or suf­fer­ing un­treated dis­eases, and in some cases found an­i­mals that were al­ready dead.

Guardia Civil of­fi­cials last week de­scribed an­i­mals that were kept in over­crowded, un­hy­gienic and un­safe fa­cil­i­ties, and in some cases suf­fer­ing from par­a­sites, hair loss, in­fected wounds or other ail­ments with­out any vet­eri­nary care, “which wors­ened their suf­fer­ing”.

One dog was found to have a bro­ken jaw from be­ing hit by its owner, who “jus­ti­fied his hitting of the an­i­mal as a way to train it”.

Two vet­eri­nar­i­ans who are among the 50 peo­ple un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion were dis­cov­ered per­form­ing a sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tion on a horse at an inad­e­quate lo­ca­tion, with­out suf­fi­cient anaes­the­sia and us­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment, “caus­ing the an­i­mal great pain and un­jus­ti­fied suf­fer­ing”.

More on page 4 One of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous su­per-yachts is cur­rently docked in Málaga port. Ris­ing Sun, owned by David Gef­fen, a bil­lion­aire Amer­i­can mu­sic pro­duc­tion mogul and co-founder of the Dream­works film stu­dio, ar­rived at the port’s pier two early on Tues­day. At a length of 138 me­tres, the $200 mil­lion yacht is one of the largest pri­vate ves­sels in the world – and the long­est ever seen in Málaga.

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