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In the grim video, filmed in Alicante, Spain, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is torn apart by the hungry animals.
The farm is reportedly owned by a Swiss woman who lives locally, but no longer able to cope with looking after the horses, donkeys, pigs, goats and chickens on her land.
Isabel Escudero, 63, who lives opposite the abandoned farm shared the video and wants to force authorities to act to save the animals that remain.
The pig is one of the abandoned animals on the farm just across the street from Mrs Escudero’s house where they have been left without food to fend for themselves as best they can.
The footage is shocking, showing the dogs chasing the terrified pig into a ditch, then attacking and eating it while it is still alive and screaming in terror.
She said the footage was shot on September 7 and it was not an isolated incident: “We have seen much worse things.
“Just last week, other dogs ate a number of small piglets that had just been born.
“The dogs even ate each other because they have nothing else to feed on.”
She and other neighbours have already reported the situation to the police a number of times, but so far nothing has been done to put the animals of their misery with locals saying that the horror goes on.
The abandoned farm is overflowing with starving and desperate animals, she said.
As well as the livestock there are also the dogs living on the farm, however, the Swiss woman who owns the farm claims they are nothing to do with her and are wild dogs that are out of control.
Mrs Escudero said: “She started with goats, but now she has hundreds of animals that are starving and break into neighbouring gardens to look for food.
“One time donkeys and pigs broke into and destroyed my garden and some fruit trees.”
Mrs Escudero, a former designer, chose to move to the small rural community with her husband when she retired, but the situation across the street has turned the romantic tranquillity they were looking for into a nightmare.
She added: “It really is a paradise here, but this situation is turning it into a hell.”
Recently, a Vietnamese pig even barged into her house and knocked her over when she tried to get rid of it again.
According to the Spanish Civil Guard’s spokeswoman in Alicante, a case has been logged and is currently under investigation.
Graciela Miralles, a renowned Spanish animal rights lawyer of the organization Dignidad Animal (Animal Dignity), said: “Their fur is full of knots and parasites, they are not aggressive, but very distrustful, and when they are hungry they look for food. Any food.”
She said that under current Spanish law, animal cruelty carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.
In cases where perpetrators have a blank criminal record, they will usually avoid jail time and be let off with a fine.
She added: “The fine is also low, only between €1,500 and €2,000 (£1,370 and 1,825).
“We are fighting to get tougher sentences, and also to raise awareness in the legal system in general about animal cruelty.”
A deep economic crisis and high unemployment rates have also had an adverse impact on domesticated and farm animals in the country, as people lost their jobs or farms and could no longer afford the upkeep of their animals.
Lidia Gelardo, 40, who is vice-president of Spanish animal rights NGO Dignidad Animal, said animal cruelty cases have increased during the coronavirus lockdown.
She said: “There have been more cases of animal abuse, more malnourished animals, which have suffered from abandonment.”
Dignidad Animal has closed down for adoptions during the Spanish lockdown.
She added: “A lot of people wanted to adopt a dog because it was the only way they could leave their homes every day during the lockdown.”
Source:Daily Star – World News