The Guardia Civil rescues two dogs trapped in an irrigation pond in Librilla (Murcia)

Image of the rescue by the Civil Guard
The dogs were trapped at the bottom of the raft, which has a surface area of 900 m2 and a depth of 15 metres.

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with the Local Police of Librilla, has developed the operation ‘Simba’, in which last Wednesday, have been rescued from a pond of irrigation of the municipality librillano to two dogs that had been trapped inside, according to sources of the Benemérita in a statement.

The actions began when a resident of Librilla, who was doing a sporting activity in the vicinity of the Sierra del Cura of the municipality, reported that he had detected the existence of two animals trapped in an irrigation pond and that it was impossible for them to get out by their own means.

Members of the Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza (SEPRONA) of the Benemérita went to the indicated place, checked the facts and, together with the Local Police of Librilla, coordinated an operative device for the extraction of these two trapped animals and their subsequent transfer to receive assistance.

The irrigation pond has a surface area of 900 square metres and a depth of around 15 metres. Although there is perimeter fencing around the entire installation, it seems that the animals entered through a hole in the metal mesh and fell to the bottom of the pond, as it was almost empty.

The slope of the pond and the plastic material that made it waterproof were an insurmountable obstacle for the trapped dogs, preventing them from getting out of the pond.

Not knowing the condition of the dogs, how long they had been inside and that it was late in the afternoon in the middle of a heat wave, the officers decided to descend to the bottom of the raft using the equipment they had at their disposal at the time. Using the abseiling technique, they descended to the bottom of the raft, where the two dogs were trapped and extracted them with the help of ropes.

The dogs, a Siberian husky and a podenco, were rescued in apparent good condition and taken for veterinary care and returned to their owners.

On occasions, animals that are trapped in a raft cannot and finally die inside due to the heat, lack of food and the effort made in their attempts to escape, as the Benemérita pointed out.

With the main objective of raising awareness among citizens to promote the necessary measures for the protection, management and welfare of domestic animals, as well as to report any conduct contrary to animal welfare of which they are aware, the Guardia Civil launched the campaign ‘#YoSiPuedoContarlo’ in July 2017.

The Guardia Civil has been detecting an increase in public awareness, not only through formal complaints, but also among users of social networks, as evidenced by the fact that one of the topics that generate more interaction in our Twitter and Facebook followers, is the request for public collaboration to clarify crimes of mistreatment of animals.

The second objective of this campaign is to raise public awareness of the fact that owning an animal is a great responsibility and that animal abuse is punishable under the current Penal Code.

Likewise, if you know of any case of animal mistreatment or abandonment, report it to the 062 telephone number, the e-mail address or its social network profiles. Thus, on Twitter it is available at ‘@Guardiacivil’; on Facebook at ‘’; and on Instagram at ‘Guardiacivil062’.

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