Container Dogs Case – Public Statement

The case surrounding the "Container Dogs" is extremely complicated and desperately sad. The issues surrounding this case have been continuing for approximately five years and during this time a number […]

The case surrounding the "Container Dogs" is extremely complicated and desperately sad. The issues surrounding this case have been continuing for approximately five years and during this time a number of other organisations and local people have denounced and condemned the atrocious treatment of these dogs. Unfortunately up until now none of these complaints have achieved any measure of success. Thankfully the Spanish laws have recently changed and subsequent legal judgements have provided our lawyers with great hope. Furthermore we believe that recent successful prosecutions have also persuaded the prosecuting authorities to take our appeal more seriously. We are also very confident that this case has had a substantial positive impact and exposure on the issues surrounding the cruelty and ill treatment shown towards hunting dogs in general.

When the container dogs situation was reported to us in May 2015, we had no way of knowing how many dogs were inside to container but when the official inspection took place there were a small number of dogs. The situation has improved for those dogs and as far as we know they are still inside the container. However, prior to May and in the last 5 years – there have been many reports and complaints and we suspect many dogs may have died – which is one of the things we are investigating.

We want you to know that we have not nor shall we stop in our quest for justice in this case. We remain committed despite the complex legalities involved and the distance from our base. We are legally required to point out though that this case is now "Sub Judice" a Latin phrase which simply means that it is under judgement by a Judge and/or Court and consequently we are prohibited from speaking publicly about the case until it is concluded. It is considered inappropriate in most legal jurisdictions to comment publicly on ongoing court cases. This is mainly to ensure that the case is not subject to any prejudice and those that fail or refuse to comply can face charges of contempt of court or interfering with due process. Consequently we appreciate your continued support, patience and understanding until this case is finally concluded.

Please understand that this case has to go through the courts to legally prevent this from happening again, to save the current dogs, but also those that would replace them in the future.

We have a confidential report on the history of the case to date. This is a private document that cannot be shared in public, but if you would like to see a copy of this report, please email info@actin-spain.com and we will provide you with a personal copy.

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