AN ILLEGAL zoo that housed 572 animals in appalling conditions has been raided by Murcia’s Guardia Civil.

A 62-year-old Spaniard was arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty on his farm in Lorca.

The animals were not fed properly or given access to water.

A significant number were caged and many were sick from a range of diseases.

The extensive menagerie included three horses, 161 exotic birds, 15 Vietnamese pigs, 15 dogs, 17 goats, and 82 pigeons.

Two of the horses were unable to walk as they suffered from excessive hoof growth.

Most of the animals are now being looked after at the El Valle Wildlife Recovery Centre in Murcia

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