Court hands down landmark animal cruelty fine

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 March 2007, MADRID – A court handed down the first fine under a new law to give better protection to abused animals.

26 March 2007

MADRID – A court handed down the first fine under a new law to give better protection to abused animals.

The regional court in Segovia fined the owner of a dog EUR 60 for subjecting the animal to abuse, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Monday.

The animal was found with 70 percent burns to its body.

Volunteers found her near an animal refuge in Los Angeles de San Rafael in Segovia.

They tracked down the owner by implanting a microchip on the body of the dog.

The sentence is the first under a new penal code which imposes harsher penalties on owners who abuse their animals. 

The court said it had been proved the owner had put the dog’s life in danger.

The dog, called Nena, has been adopted by a family in Madrid.

For volunteers from the Refuge, the sentence was a “great move forward for the protection of animals”, said Nacho Paunero, its president.

The refuge is currently involved in 70 court cases in Madrid, Castilla y Leon, Castilla la Mancha and Extremadura.

The new penal code does not cover bullfighting.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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