6 Jul, 2019 @ 17:16
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British expat says council on Spain’s Costa Blanca are ‘ignoring’ attempts to rescue mistreated dogs as they ‘know the owner’

A BRITISH expat who has fought for eight years to rescue dogs trapped in a ‘hellhole’ says town hall councillors do nothing due to their friendship with the owner.

Grace Boas, 63, said there are six podenco hunting dogs stuck in an abandoned house ‘without windows’ on Cami Sant Miquel, near Benimeit, in Teulada.

She said the dogs live surrounded by ‘excrement and worms’ and they ‘never leave’ the property.

TRAPPED: Grace Boas says the dogs ‘never leave’ and are ‘barely kept alive’ by 77-year-old owner

“I walk my dogs there every day and they bark non-stop,” Grace, who is secretary of PLUTO Protectora Animales, told the Olive Press.

“Four denuncias, two instancias and a complaint to the EU Commission have been made against their owner, Fernando Serrat, but nothing ever changes,” she explained.

Grace believes nothing has been done is that Serrat’s daughter is the director of the Auditori Teulada and ‘good friends’ with former health councillor Rosa Ana Caselles and former mayor Carlos Linares.

A series of letters addressed to both politicians pleading for ‘a solution’ have gone unanswered.

“We want to give these dogs a life of liberty, without fleas, worms, poor nutrition and horrific conditions,” read one letter to Linares.

ABANDONED: The house in Teulada where the dogs are being kept
‘SURROUNDED BY EXCREMENT’: One of the podencos living conditions, taken last month

She was recently told by Serrat’s daughter that she failed to ‘understand Spanish culture’.

“But is this really culture? It’s certainly not European behaviour, or shouldn’t be,” added Grace, who retired to Spain 15 years for health reasons.

She believes that the keen hunter Serrat, aged 77, is now ‘incapable’ of caring for his six dogs.

However there is hope on the horizon with both Linares and Caselles no longer in power after May’s elections.

She hopes new councillor for Animal Welfare Adrian Ruiz will be more ‘animal friendly’.

“The maltreatment of animals really upsets me,” added Boas, who narrowly missed a seat on Teulada council with the PSOE in the recent elections.

“I’m really praying something can finally be done.”

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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