The above example is just typical of the type of cases we are being told about and asked to look into; we do our best with all of the cases we are asked to help with and each is different. There is such a grey area with the laws for animal rights and cruelty cases in Spain and how best to deal with them, so we were grateful for more advice from the division of the Police, that is the only authority in Spain that have legal recourse in matters of animal cruelty.
This week we had a meeting with Seprona, the division of the Guardia Civil that deals with the environment and is also responsible for dealing with animal cruelty if it is against the law.
We were slightly worried that we had done something wrong as they called us and asked for a meeting. We were hopeful though, that this would be a turning point and something very good for the future of our work. They had not met with an animal welfare, or rescue Association here before – this was a first for them and they were very interested in our work. We had compiled all of our recent rescues in a file with before and after photos, along with the vet reports about the state of the animals when they were clinically examined. We were also proud to show them how many photos we have of dogs in their new homes. The surprise on their faces when they saw some of our before and after photos was a real boost for our confidence. They have told us many things that will help us and will help others, so now we must make a plan to best use and disseminate this information.
Seprona has around three officers in each wide area to deal with many things, including the environment, plants, protection of birds, the oceans, fires and many other things. So, it is quite clear the resource is nowhere near enough to even touch the service of what is needed here for animal welfare.
More information here as we need to let people know the best way to handle cruelty and neglect. We continue our work that Actin may be influential in setting up some kind of service that is totally for animal welfare and cruelty cases. We need support with these plans and ideas, so please join us. We need teams of people to help with this.
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