A NEW case of alleged animal neglect has been reported in Mijas on the Costa del Sol.
It follows the death of a donkey and it is alleged that the animal died in severe pain secluded in a stable without receiving the urgent medical attention required.
Neighbours claim to have informed SEPRONA, the Guardia Civil’s specialist nature unit, and the town council about the animals deteriorating condition after hearing the donkey cry out in pain.
They say their warnings were ignored and the donkey did not receive veterinary assistance in the ‘several hours’ leading to its death.
In accordance to the Andalucian Animal Protection Law, veterinary care must be provided by animal owners to animals in need: “owners must take appropriate measures to ensure the welfare of animals with a view to ensuring that they do not suffer pain, suffering or harm.”
According to Agustin Gonzalez, a veterinary professional and member of the PACMA party, the donkey ‘could have been saved with emergency veterinary treatment’.
According to graphic images of the sickly donkey, it appears to have suffered from a severe illness to its rear.
PACMA say they are preparing a complaint against the authorities responsible for the donkey calling the incident “another animal victim of tourist exploitation.”
Donkey taxi services in Mijas have come under scrutiny recently for alleged exploitation of the animals with PACMA proposing an end to the alleged cruel conditions in which donkeys operate.
The political party, which takes a special interest in the well-being of animals, has proposed an end to Mijas’ donkey-taxi services: “Mijas is a beautiful town, it has sun, beach and good people. Your local government mistakenly believes that the donkey-taxi service is a tourist attraction; however, most of the videos and photos-complaints that we receive are from tourists, many of them foreigners, horrified by this type of animal exploitation and the conditions in which burritos[donkeys] are kept.”