OVER two dozen horses and donkeys have been rescued from a farm “perilously close” to a railway line.
The group of malnourished animals were being kept illegally without a licence and in a poor state of repair.
“In just 48 hours we were able to stop these animals suffering and bring them to a place of safety”
Both CYD Santa Maria and El Refugio del Burrito spent three hours rounding up the animals, who did not have proper provision for water or shelter.
There was no proper equipment for keeping the premises clean near El Chorro.
The move came after environmental police Seprona took steps to protect the animals.
Some 22 of the horses are being stabled at CYD, awaiting foster homes and adoption.
Concordia Márquez who heads the CYD charity said: “In just 48 hours we were able to stop these animals suffering and bring them to a place of safety.”
She continued: “People must report neglect and cruelty to the police. And the authorities must also make extra resources available to enforce the regulations and bring Spain into line with other European countries.”