The Guardia Civil has arrested a 53-year-old North African and inhabitant of El Ejido accused of mistreating a horse to the point of killing it. The horse – amongst others – was at a farm within the municipal area. The person arrested, who has the initials M.A., was detained in May for a similar episode, when sentenced by a judge for abusing a female horse.
The proceedings were initiated after the complaint filed by the owner of the farm, who said that unknown persons had entered his farm by jumping the fence in the night of the 13th, although nothing had been found to be missing. The complaint said that one of the horses had been immobilized with ropes tied to a storage room and that a wooden handle 70 cm long and 5 cm wide had been introduced into its anus.
According to the owner, the horse had marks in different parts of its body, as well as anal hemorrhage and internal lesions which had caused its death. The Guardian Civil initiated an investigation which found that the person arrested had antecedents for a similar act committed in the same stock-raising farm. When the police officers interviewed M.A., who showed clear signs of nervousness and gave contradictory replies, they proceeded to arrest him as the presumed perpetrator of a crime of animal mistreatment. The proceedings will take place in the capital’s second court.