It was an affair that completely shocked the animal protection community in Spain. On January 9, the Malaga Courts found Carmen Marin Aguilar, director of an animal shelter, guilty for having killed thousands of cats and dogs in good health.The 72-year-old woman was condemned to three years and nine months in prison along with a 19,800 euro ($21,000) fine for this cruel act and falsifying documents.[caption id="attachment_27973" align="alignnone" width="2720"]
Carmen Marin Aguilar, director of Parque Animal, after court. Source: El Refugio[/caption](Caution, some images may be graphic.)The events took place between January 2009 and October 2010 at the shelter Parque Animal, located in Torremolinos, close to Malaga. During this period, the president of the establishment, along with an accomplice, put to death 2,183 cats and dogs in good health by injecting them with fatal substances, without properly putting them to sleep.The accomplice, Felipe Barco Gamez, was condemned to one year in prison and 3,600 euros ($3800) in fines.https://twitter.com/JusticiaPAT/status/809684481141571585?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwParque Animal was functioning as a non-profit shelter. The judges found the two accused guilty of having eliminated the animals in order to reduce costs and to "make room" for more lucrative activities at the shelter, including grooming and veterinary care, which Carmen Marin Aguilar was offering despite never having received a veterinary degree.
Source: El Refugio
To put the animals to death, the pair used products inferior in quality and quantity to the normal solutions used for euthanasia, in order to reduce costs. They injected the muscles of the victims instead of their veins, causing them "a painful and prolonged agony." To avoid suspicion, they deactivated surveillance cameras and turned music up loud to mask the animals' cries.It was a sanitary inspection in October of 2010 which alerted authorities and led to their conviction six years later.[caption id="attachment_27971" align="alignnone" width="2702"]
Animal activists calling for justice at the trial. Source:El Refugio[/caption]You can read up more about animal cruelty laws in the United States and in Canada here.
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