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The Civil Guard investigates a neighbor of Alhama de Murcia for the violent death of a cat (04/09/2020)

| He is allegedly responsible for a crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals for animal abuse | The animal was abandoned in the street and was beaten to death The cat's body was located in a garbage container The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with the Local Police of Alhama de Murcia, has developed an investigation aimed at locating the person who beat a cat to death in the municipality of Alhama de Murcia, which has resulted in the identification, location and investigation of proceedings to a local neighbor as the alleged perpetrator of a crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals for animal abuse. The investigation began thanks to citizen collaboration, when a neighbor of Alhama de Murcia alerted the Local Police of the municipality that when he was walking along the path of the castle of Alhama he observed how an individual beat a cat with a stick to death. This fact was reported to the Civil Guard, so specialists from the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) collected the necessary information to locate the body of the dead animal, inside a garbage bag, inside a waste container urban municipalities. The investigation that followed culminated in the identification of a 51-year-old man from Spain, a resident of Alhama de Murcia, who has been prosecuted as the alleged perpetrator of a crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals by animal abuse. The person investigated and the proceedings brought have been made available to the Investigative Court of Totana and the Murcia Environmental Prosecutor's Office. Crime of animal abuse The crime of animal abuse is included in the Penal Code, which defines it as the act of unjustifiably mistreating animals, by any means or procedure, causing injuries that seriously impair their health and is punishable by three months and one day.

to one year in prison and special disqualification of one year and one day to three years for the exercise of profession, trade or trade related to animals and for keeping animals. Campaign against the mistreatment and abandonment of domestic animals #YoSiPuedoContarlo With the main objective of raising awareness among citizens so that they promote the necessary measures in the protection, management and welfare of domestic animals, as well as to report those behaviors contrary to animal welfare of which they are aware, the Civil Guard began in July 2017 campaign #YoSiPuedoContarlo. The Civil Guard has been detecting an increase in citizen awareness, not only through formal complaints, but also among users of social networks, as shown by the fact that one of the topics that generates the most interaction in our Twitter followers and Facebook is the request for citizen collaboration to clarify crimes of mistreatment of animals.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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