Santiago Del Teide: “No Animal Should Be Left To Die In This Way”
At the end of October Judith Noble, of the ‘Asociacíon San Francisco de los Animales’ animal charity, was contacted by the Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento to request the association’s help with the removal of four dogs from a house in Santiago del Teide town, due to the hospitalisation of the lady owner.
When they got there some of the charity’s volunteers found 12 nervous and frightened adult dogs and 4 puppies.
Over the course of the next few days, some of the animals were removed and one dog had to be euthanized by the local vet, because it had bitten several people.
On Monday October 29, unfortunately, the lady died in hospital and after the funeral the charity workers met with local police at the house. Another dog was removed and permission was granted for them to have access to remove the remaining animals.
They were successful apart from one poor creature that eluded capture by hiding in rubbish which was thigh-high in all the rooms.
The charity workers did not have the protective clothing and equipment that the Police used to enter the premises on November 1 and were nervous about injuring themselves on glass or tins that could be among the rubbish and there were rats.
The better equipped local Police did not remove the last dog and informed the charity workers that the district judge had ordered the return of the keys of the premises, ignoring the fact that there was still an animal on the property.
Mrs Noble’s many attempts, during the last two months, to contact the Santiago del Teide chief of local police have been fruitless and countless messages, left by `phone and in person at the Police Station, remain unanswered.
Attempts to involve the Guardia Civil also proved fruitless as they say the Local Police have jurisdiction in the matter.
Mrs Noble said: “One local council member has been trying to assist us by liaising to get information regarding the court case and court number, so that we could request permission from the judge to try to get the remaining animal out”.
She went on: “This dog is only alive because I have been feeding it every 2-3 days. There is a small gap under the metal door into the yard and food has to be pushed underneath. Water is a big problem as only a very shallow container will fit under the gate. After 2 months without any real contact with humans or other animals I have no doubt that the dog is suffering. No animal should be left to die in this way”.
The charity has now engaged a lawyer to officially contact the Local Authority on its behalf.
Thanks to newsinthesun.com for writing this piece.
Asociacíon San Francisco de los Animales’
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