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A statement Live Arico P.A.W.S 

 

A denuncia brought last summer by two Live Arico ex-volunteers against three individuals, one a member of the Live Arico committee /refuge volunteer, the second another committee member and the third a refuge volunteer, for mistreatment of animals was last week closed by a Judge in the Granadilla court house.

The Judge’s summary is on our Facebook page in Spanish but contains the words…”the images reported do not show with clarity any of the accused” and “the vets who assisted the refuge animals protested strongly that the accused did everything possible to care for the animals with the scarce resources and workers that they had and this (lack of resources) was why the refuge eventually closed”

The images referred to were a collection of homemade videos showing the volunteers breaking up dog fights at the refuge in the summer of 2011. Still photographs were of dogs with various injuries and illnesses, mostly taken within the Hospivet surgery but later used as ‘evidence’.

Through all this, Live Arico P.A.W.S.  has carried on helping animals by financially supporting the dogs in Fasnia and by giving assistance wherever possible to animal welfare associations and animals in need. Our remain-ing committee and volunteers have worked extremely hard with rehoming, keeping the shops busy and making sure that all paperwork is in order. An educational campaign was commissioned by and written for the Ayuntamiento of San Miguel and through the lucrative winter months we have made major inroads with our old debts with vets and feed suppliers. We always believed that they should not suffer for having provided vet care and food for the dogs when there was no money to pay for it.

We can now truly move on from the past but would have been unable to do so without the continued faith and support of the general public. Comments made to us at events like the Xmas bag packing at Iceland and the recent dog show have given us strength and a renewed resolve to carry on. We have been working closely with other Associations and our long term plan is to bring about huge changes for the South but that’s a long way off for now. We thank you for your unending faith and support. Today closed by a Judge in the Granadilla court house. The judge’s summary stated there was no evidence of the accusa-tions and the vets supported this view.

Through all this, Live Arico have carried on helping animals by supporting the dogs in Fasnia, and giving assistance wherever possible to animal welfare associations and animals in need. We can now truly move on from the past. We thank you for your continued faith and support