Gard: his animals lived malnourished and presence of corpses, a fifty-year-old soon to be tried for serious abuse

The respondent seems to have been overwhelmed by the management of his breeding. He was released at the end of his custody.

A mare, two donkeys, two sows, but also sixty hens, seventeen pigeons, a duck, as well as fifty goats and unsheared sheep, all in a catastrophic state, were seized from a private individual on Thursday 9 June 2022 in the town of Junas, said the Nîmes prosecutor’s office, at the start of the evening.

Abuse, beyond mistreatment

“In this case, the facts fall under the criminal offense of serious animal abuse and not simple mistreatment”specifies a magistrate, while all the animals handed over to different animal protection societies this afternoon were all undernourished, in the presence of corpses of their congeners and, for some, in enclosures that were far too small.

Alerted by local residents, the services of the gendarmerie of Sommières ended up taking an interest in the fate of the animals of this unemployed fifty-something with a clean criminal record. “A man living with his dependent mother over eighty years old, in a semi-autarky and who seems to have been overwhelmed by the management of his breeding, neither declared nor controlled for exclusively food purposes”says a source.

Placed in police custody in the morning, the respondent was released after his hearing during which almost all of his animals were seized. He will be summoned to court on September 12. Due to a lack of accommodation in the various shelters in the area, two pigs and four dogs are still at the home of the respondent. They will in turn be picked up by the SPA in the coming days.

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