Spanish police said Tuesday they had rescued 41 severely malnourished and dehydrated dogs from a farm and charged their owner with animal abuse. Twenty-nine dogs needed to receive intravenous fluids.
“The lives of 41 dogs were saved. They displayed serious symptoms of malnutrition, organic deterioration, physical weakening and dehydration,” police said in a statement.
Officers raided the farm near the town of Quintanar de la Orden in the central province of Toledo after receiving a complaint from an animal welfare association, a local police spokeswoman said.
All the dogs are now in the care of various animal charities, awaiting a court decision on their fate.
Police charged a woman who lived at the farm with animal abuse after taking her in for questioning. “It is not clear why she had so many dogs which she kept in such terrible conditions,” the police spokeswoman said.