A BRITISH couple, who run a small dedicated charity devoted to rescuing abused animals across Europe, have been arrested and charged in Pinoso, Alicante after trying to save a severely injured and neglected donkey.
Peter Singh was alerted to the plight of a donkey standing in a field with two others by his wife Jean and her friend in nearby Fortuna. She was blind in one eye, had a hoof like a tennis ball, was severely malnourished, described as ‘skin and bones’ by Peter, and was also pregnant.
He told the Euro Weekly News that, although his modus operandi perhaps could have been different, sometimes a man has to think on his feet and go for it.
The following day he returned to the site with his wife and, with no lock on the gate, boldly went inside to rescue the distressed animal with the intention of driving back towards Pinoso to provide her with urgent medical attention.
As they returned, however, they were flagged down by a Local Police car, seemingly alerted to their strategy and a bitter argument ensued.
Peter, who does speak Spanish but not quite to the extent of understanding rapid aggressive shouting, told the EWN that he was subjected to a racist tirade from the officer, who had actually stopped him without cause several months ago as he transported a family of dogs.
The policeman reportedly told Peter to go back to England and rescue animals there, while behaving in a highly aggressive and unprofessional manner.
Along with his wife, Peter was then detained for three hours while charges were drawn up for stealing the donkey. The two are now awaiting a court date.
The pregnant donkey meanwhile was taken to a local stable, which was in terrible condition and overflowing with horse excrement. Peter fully expects that she will soon be returned to the owner, where it can only be assumed her neglectful treatment will continue.
The story is evidently troubling for many involved in caring for animals across both Spain and the UK, and will be of huge concern for the millions who support such causes worldwide.
You can find out more about the situation by visiting Peter and Jean’s charity online, which is named The Dog You Need and can be found at http://thedogyouneed.com while Peter’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/peter.singh.944?fref=nf&refid=52&_rd has all the latest updates.