ANIMAL RESCUE IN SOUTH EAST SPAIN

A caring, pet-loving lady spent an inordinate amount of money buying pedigree dogs and cats from all over Europe. She eventually had over 50 in her home in South East […]

A caring, pet-loving lady spent an inordinate amount of money buying pedigree dogs and cats from all over Europe. She eventually had over 50 in her home in South East Spain. Sadly, due to illness, she could no longer care for them all. This was the story the Animal Charity Actin Association were told.

Upon investigation they discovered more than 50 pups and kittens, many of which were kept in appalling conditions, so they agreed to rescue 28 Chihuahuas, 2 Poodles and 16 cats, many of which are Bengal cats. Most of the pets have been sterilised.

Actin Association Charity decided to ask for help with the immediate care of these rescued animals and Cruz Azul joined with Actin to spread the load between them. They were accompanied by a trained counsellor, with many years’ experience, who had been helping the owner of the pups and kittens for some time.

On Sunday, 22 March, with the written consent of the owner, and requests of help from the some of the breeders and a member of the lady’s Family, the majority of the animals were removed from her home, and all are now being cared for by trusted associations in the area.   After lengthy discussions with the lady, the charities agreed to leave 5 Chihuahuas in her care, the maximum number of pets that can be owned in Spain. This process was observed, via Skype, by a family member in the UK and a close friend was present throughout.

Those rescued are now in foster homes whilst prospective new owners are undergoing the rigorous vetting procedures for re-homing. Some breeders who sold the animals as pups and kittens are asking for their return; but the charities feel it is their responsibility to rehouse these beautiful animals to homes that they can check and be happy with. They have kept in touch with as many of the breeders as possible and one, Jane Dunbar, said:

“I would like it known that as a breeder in the UK of a dog that went to Spain I am proud and very thankful to ACTIN for intervening in the very recent hoarding case. I have the utmost respect and admiration for how they have handled everything and found them honest, responsible and caring throughout. They have kept me informed every step of the way and still keep me up to date.”

The lady bought the animals legitimately but rumours abound that some breeders/vendors of these pets claim to have recognised their breeding stock and want them back.   This may be possible if the animals were chipped by them.   However, it must be made clear that ownership of the pets was passed on to the lady who bought them and she, in turn, has signed over ownership to the charities concerned so that they can re-home them.

If, however, you wish to lay claim to one of these pedigree pets and microchips were implanted, then you are welcome to apply by email only to adoptions@adoptaspanishdog.com

Contact: Sue Thomason (Vice President – Cruz Azul) :        vicepresident@cruzazulmurcia.es

Vivienne Wharton (President – ACTIN) :                admin@actin-spain.com