The Guardia Civil is investigating a person for the death of 25 dogs in Huércal Overa.

The Guardia Civil is investigating a person for the death of 25 dogs in Huércal Overa
The owner of 25 dogs is being investigated for animal abuse.

Personnel from the command of the Guardia Civil of Almeria in collaboration with the Local Police of Huércal Overa investigate a person responsible for a crime of animal abuse by leaving 25 dogs to die in a house of his property.

This action is part of the ongoing work of the Guardia Civil in the province of Almeria for the resolution and prevention of crimes of animal abuse.

The action began when, following a complaint made to the Local Police of Huércal Overa, specialist personnel from the Seprona of the Guardia Civil headquarters were alerted to the excessive mortality of dogs in a detached house in the area of “Los Toscanos”, in the municipality of Huércal Overa.

During the inspection of the house, the Guardia Civil officers found a high degree of dirt and disorder, with all kinds of belongings scattered all over the place, as well as dog faeces practically all over the plot.

In a building site kennel, among a mass of dog bodies in an advanced state of decomposition, five still identifiable bodies were found, giving off a strong smell of putrefaction, accentuated by the high temperatures of recent days.

During the inspection, the agents determined that the suspect owned 25 dogs, 11 adults and 14 puppies. As a large number of sacks of fodder were found on the premises, malnutrition was ruled out as the reason for the death of the animals.

From the statement of the person under investigation it is clear that at the beginning of the year the dogs contracted an infection, and as no veterinary treatment was given, the dogs gradually perished until the 25 died.

After examining the documentation presented, the owner has in his possession only three health cards, and none of the vaccinations required to be administered are in force.

For all of the above reasons, the agents proceeded to investigate the owner for the crime of animal abuse, referring the proceedings to the Huércal Overa court on duty.


The Guardia Civil is carrying out an important awareness campaign against animal abuse and neglect, also through its social networks, in which through the hastag #yosipuedocontarlo is intended to raise public awareness of how important it is to communicate if any animal is in a state of abuse or neglect, reporting cases through the telephone 062 or in any barracks of the Guardia Civil.

A video made for the campaign featuring well-known faces can be viewed and shared at the following link:


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