Police intervene in south Tenerife animal refuge to stop unauthorized sterilizations

Seprona, the Guardia Civil’s Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza, has intervened in the case of an animal refuge in south Tenerife in which unauthorized castrations of cats and dogs have allegedly been taking place.

The Guardia Civil said that the refuge, which has not been named, was carrying out these operations in deficient hygenic conditions in a rustic finca with the collaboration of vets and auxiliaries from EU countries.

The police say that they have immobilized medications like antibiotics, anaesthetics and saline solutions, an electric sterilizer, a refrigerator, carrying crates, trapping cages, operation stretchers and surgical materials.



  1. Wouldn’t the money spent organzing this immoblization, removal of operating linked items etc etc have been better spent helping improve the hygenic conditins & training of the people involved with the charity trying to help the animals in the long term? Increased numbers of roaming animals only leads to worse conditions than ever for them.

  2. Author

    Yes, of course it would, but these are the police enforcing the law, and their funding would not be divertable to the refuges – and if they have a report of a crime, they are obliged to investigate it. It is self-evident, really, that if the operations had been carried out properly, in clean and licensed conditions, the police wouldn’t have received a report to investigate in the first place.

    It’s the disjointed nature of any solution that’s the real problem, in my opinion. The rounding up of strays seems to be at municipal level, whereas criminality (and there were “multiple irregularities” found at this refuge, it is reported) is dealt with by the Guardia Civil, while policy is at regional Government level.

    What’s needed, as always here, is a joined up response, but the lack of co-ordinated and sensible policies to deal with the problem does not mean that a problem in need of a solution justifies dirty and unlicensed operations.

  3. Well put, my response was emotive not well thought through.

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