The Criminal Court number 5 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has issued a sentence with the harshest sentences for animal abuse that have been established so far in the Canary Islands. Specific, a neighbor of the neighborhood of Maria Jimenez, in the capital of Tenerife, to the penalties of 21 months in prison and special disqualification for the exercise of profession, trade or trade related to animals and for keeping animals for seven years.
In addition must compensate the Canarian Federation of Animal and Plant Protection Associations (Fecapap), as manager of the Valle Colino Regional Shelter, located in La Laguna, with the amount of 122 euros, “legal interest and procedural costs.”
As indicated in the sentence, this individual, “with intention to threaten life and physical health, kept, from dates not determined, two dogs inside a house located in María Jiménez without food and without veterinary care ». “Given the serious physical deterioration that the animals presented,” it was his own sister who called the Local Police of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to inform them about what was happening.
On April 27, 2020, the agents entered the aforementioned address and verified that both dogs, “still alive, were in poor physical condition, barely standing, and one of them seemed dying and famished.” In addition, and as reported in the sentence, the effective they found a third dog dead and partially eaten by the other two, «the cause of death being unknown. The Valle Colino Regional Shelter took care of the two dogs that the agents found alive, but one of them died during the transfer to the center.
Veterinarians who examined both dogs, both the survivor and the deceased, concluded that they were cachectic, “with very marked bone reliefs, ribs, ischium.”
The animal that died lacked the slightest fat reserve that would give it the opportunity to live longer without eating. The other dog, «who carried a microchip and named DangerIt was a larger dog with enough adipose tissue, making use of its body to be able to live a few more days.
Of course, and as explained in the court ruling, «Danger her mucous membranes were very pale due to intense anemia, he was starving and starving, and it had a significant flea parasite load. ‘ Likewise, he had skin lesions, which “were due to his biting due to the significant itching caused by the thousands of bites he had.”
The veterinary expert in his examination verified that the dogs had not eaten for a long time, in absolute fasting, “this being the cause of death of the deceased, it being estimated that in this situation, Danger would have lasted a few days.” It was the Canarian Federation of Animal and Plant Protection Associations itself that denounced this neighbor of María Jiménez for animal abuse.
Finally, and specifically, the judge has sentenced this person to 9 and 12 months in prison, as a criminal and civilly responsible author of a crime of animal abuse of article 337.1 a) of the Penal Code and of a crime of animal abuse of article 337.1 and 3 of the Penal Code, respectively, with special disqualification from the exercise of the right of passive suffrage during the sentence.
The first offense refers to the article of the Penal Code that establishes that “it will be punished with the penalty of three months and one day to one year in prison and special disqualification of one year and one day to three years for the exercise of profession, trade or trade related to animals and for the possession of animals, which by any means or procedure unjustifiably mistreats them, causing injuries that seriously impair their health or subjecting them to sexual exploitation, a domestic or tamed animal ”.
The second offense refers to the article of the Penal Code in which it is determined that “if the death of the animal had been caused, a penalty of six to 18 months in prison and a special disqualification of two to four years will be imposed for the exercise of profession, trade or trade related to animals and for the possession of animals ». Therefore, this person, who must also compensate Fecapap for the expenses caused by the care received by the dogs, will also not be able to keep animals for seven years, three years for the first offense and four for the second.