SUBSTANDARD conditions and poorly trained staff pose a serious threat to security at Torrevieja’s animal shelter, say trade unionists.
The furious campaigners have reported the facility to the town hall. A delegation from the CSIF union found leaks, exposed electrical panels and wiring, and unprotected personal data in the client files.
Their damning report claimed that workers lacked protective equipment for dealing with animals. Most also had ‘no training or qualifications’ whatsoever.
The shelter has no access for people with reduced mobility. It is a hazard for staff, visitors and the animals, the delegation concluded.
Particular concern was expressed over the role of volunteers. Inspectors found that untrained, and unaccountable, volunteers had access to the personal information of people considering adopting animals.
By law, only registered and paid staff should ever process private information. The shelter was inspected by Seprona, the Guardia Civil’s animal protection unit, a few months ago.
Similar safety issues were raised at the time. Mayor Carmen Morate has admitted that the facility is in bad shape and pledged further investment.
Around 500 animals enter the Torrevieja shelter each year. This is far less than in the past thanks to a concerted effort to improve the Vega Baja’s adoption network.
The shelter currently has a ‘zero slaughter’ policy, whereby no animals are put down unless it is a medical necessity.