GUARDIA CIVIL officers have charged a pet owner in connection with dogs that were left in what police claimed were “deplorable” conditions in Alhama de Murcia.
Officers launched their investigation after a local animal welfare worker alleged a female dog had been abandoned in the town.
Guardia Civil officers were sent to a house where the animal was believed to be kept. They arrived to find the American and Staffordshire Terrier cross severely malnourished, covered in wounds and tics and with overgrown nails.
Police said the dog trembled and cowered and that she had trouble eating. The animal was taken to vets who said her condition was down in part to a lack of exercise.
It comes as Guardia Civil officers launched a campaign against animal mistreatment in 2017 which aimed to raise awareness of properly taking care of pets.
It was also designed to deter animal abuse by reminding people that mistreatment is a criminal offence. Proceedings have been sent to the courts as the case continues.