El Refugio del Burrito has launched an urgent appeal to help support 37 donkeys and mules in need of new homes after their owner was accused for an alleged continuing crime of animal abuse
The Nature Protection Service (Seprona) of the Civil Guard Command of Algeciras has proceeded to accuse a neighbour of the town of La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz) as the alleged perpetrator of a continuing crime of animal abuse on 12 horses and donkeys that caused serious injuries and even the death of six of them.
As explained by the Civil Guard, the owner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been a horse trafficker for several years, having a total of 175 animals registered on his livestock farm. Many of these animals have been involved in recent months in a multitude of citizen complaints due to the evident lack of control and of these animals, which had escaped onto roads, causing a risk for drivers.
The Patrol of the Seprona de San Roque, together with the Judicial Authority of La Línea Courts and the Environmental Prosecutor's Office have worked to seize these animals. As a result of the seizure a number of animals are now in need of rehoming including 32 donkeys, five mules, and four horses.
The Association 'El Refugio del Burrito' based in the town of Fuente de Piedra (Malaga), has helped provide veterinary examinations and urgent treatments; as well as the urgent basic care that these donkeys and mules need. El Refugio is also looking for adoption homes for these animals.
The charity is asking the public to help find adoption homes for the animals and pay the urgent veterinary treatments of the 37 donkeys and mules; as well as donations to cover the other costs of looking after the animals.
This association was established in Spain in 2003 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary in the United Kingdom, founded in 1969. Currently, it has two Sanctuaries in Spain, one in Malaga and the other in Badajoz. However, they are at the limit of their capacities with more than 370 animals in their custody, so they request urgent help to relocate these animals as soon as possible, which were left in a difficult situation.
A spokesperson from El Refugio said: "We urgently need to find adoption homes for these donkeys and mules preferably within Cadiz province, although requests from other areas will be considered due to the great need. This is the only solution for this case."
Given the urgency to rehome these animals, Equine Exploitation Code is a must for the potential homes. This is an essential requirement in Spain for the possession of equines. Anyone who is interested in giving a home to a couple of these donkeys or mules can do so by completing the adoption form that the association has made available for it at this link:
Anyone who wishes can make a donation through this link, putting in the concept "La Linea case".