31 Mar, 2020 @ 16:44
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Animal adoptions increase under Spain’s Covid-19 lockdown as government warns owners finding excuse to ‘get out the house’


SPAIN’S public prosecution ministry has warned abandonment of adopted pets will carry fines.

The Fiscalía de Medio Ambiente warned in a letter to provincial prosecution offices the number of pets adopted since the start of the coronavirus lockdown has increased ‘significantly’.

Department director Antonio Vercher, who issued the letter, said the department was ‘unsure’ whether the adoptions constituted an ‘excuse for the new owners to get out the house’.

Vercher urged all regional prosecution offices to follow the situation as ‘once the state of alarm is over there will be abandonments of adopted animals’.

He warned that article 337 of Spain’s penal code will carry significant penalties.

The article reads: “He who abandons an animal in conditions that could put its live in danger will be castigated with a fine of between 3-6 months.

“Equally, the judge can put a prohibition for between three months to a year on work, occupation or commercialisation that involves animals.”

He urged regional authorities to alert local police forces to the warnings.

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.

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