EURO WEEKLY NEWS recently had the opportunity to contact both the mayor of Pinoso, Lazaro Azorin, and the Chief of the Local Police, Quintin Mohedano, to hear their versions of the events.
Mayor Azorin was not in Pinoso last week when the events took place.
He was, however, adamant in his assertion the Local Police of Pinoso work hard to protect the rights of all citizens of Pinoso, regardless of their race or nationality.
He stated that he believes the work of Peter and other animal charities is admirable and important, and supports it wholeheartedly, but that he does not condone illegal behaviour.
In regards to the situation of Peter and the donkey, he stated that “even if the intention was good, the action was incorrect.”
Meanwhile, Police Chief Mohedano pointed out that Peter and his wife failed at any point to report the situation to the Local Police or any animal protection service. He emphasised that the actions of Peter and his wife were illegal, just like the theft of any other personal property.
He vehemently denied the fact the police had treated Peter in a racist manner, and noted that Peter “spoke very little Spanish” and may have misconstrued the situation.
He also disagreed with Peter’s assertion that the donkey had been abused. He acknowledged that the animal had problems with its hoof and eye, but said that these issues were attributable to age.
He further went on to underline that the decision to pay €2,000 to the owner of the donkey was a decision reached between the two men, and that the responsibility of the police in such situations is simply to report illegal situations to the appropriate legal authorities.
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