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Calasparra farm owner detained for abandoning more than a hundred pigs (01/06/2017)

He is credited with the alleged perpetration of a crime related to the protection of fauna (animal abuse)

Twenty female adult pigs and 140 piglets in different degrees of decomposition

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, the Local Police of Calasparra and the Animal Health Service of the Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Autonomous Community of Murcia (CARM) have jointly developed the operation 'LECHÓN', an investigation aimed at clarifying the abandonment of more than a hundred head of pigs from a Calasparra cattle ranch, which has resulted in the arrest of the head of the farm as alleged perpetrator of the crime concerning the protection of The fauna (animal mistreatment).

The operation began when the Local Police of Calasparra informed to the Service of Protection of the Nature of the Benemérita of the presence of loose pigs that roamed by the proximities of a pig farm of the municipality calasparreño, who were in apparent bad physical state .

The SEPRONA patrol moved to the place indicated and verified the existence of a pig farm for the production of suckling pigs, whose facilities were in very poor condition, so that a search was initiated on the owner of the farm.

Once located, it was carried out the corresponding inspection of the livestock facilities in company of the same one where they were detected, at the entrance of the enclosure, loose animals in very bad state of meats, as well as a total abandonment of the premises of the place.

Pigs lacked water and food

When inspecting the ships of the farm observed that the majority of the animals were dead and in different states of decomposition.

Those who were still alive were in a terrible state, struggling to survive, having no access to water or food.

The investigation shows that at the beginning of the month the water supply was withdrawn to the farm for non-payment and the person in charge did not take care of the animals since that date.

The civil guards and veterinary services of the Regional Agricultural Office (OCA) of the Northwest Animal Health Service of CARM carried out a new inspection and verified serious hygienic-sanitary deficiencies, as well as the death by lack of water and food of at least 20 Adult sows and an indeterminate number of piglets among newborns, infants and weaned, calculating dead about 140 heads.

Before the bad state of the pigs were made negotiations with the Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Livestock Service and with the City of Calasparra for the taking of measures with urgency, with the purpose of saving the animals that still live On the farm, as well as proceed with the removal of the corpses existing in the same, in order to avoid a serious health problem in the area.

Both the CARM and the City Council have put in place immediate measures to correct the existing situation, carrying out the removal of the corpses, as well as temporarily restoring the water supply to the farm, for the recovery of the animals that survive in the facilities and proceed To the relocation of the same in other farms.

The agents have completed the operation 'LECHON' with the arrest and subsequent bringing to justice of the person in charge of the farm, as the alleged perpetrator of the crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animal abuse, by abandoning a farm Of pigs by dehydration and for not having received the necessary, obligatory and pertinent care.

The perpetrators of this type of acts may incur an offense established in the current Penal Code and punishable by three-month penalties and one day to one year imprisonment and special disqualification from one year and one day to three years for the exercise of profession , Office or trade having relation to animals.

The arrested and the investigations have been made available to the Court of First Instance and Instruction of Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia).

At the same time, the Directorate General for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture has suspended the operation and eviction of the same and has made these facts known to the Environmental Prosecutor's Office in case they could constitute a crime of Animal abuse.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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