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Animal Welfare Concerns in Spain 

At ALMA Hondon, our commitment to safeguarding the well-being of animals is paramount. We recognize the importance of discussing the sensitive topic of Animal Cruelty, focusing on prevention, vigilance, and proper reporting procedures.

It's essential to bear in mind that the treatment of pets in Spain may differ from what we're accustomed to. Before raising concerns about how a neighbour keeps their dog, remember that as long as the dog has access to food, water, shelter, and protection from extreme weather, authorities may not consider this as animal abuse.

Understanding Animal Cruelty 

Animal cruelty encompasses intentionally causing harm, injury, or death to an animal. It can also involve neglect, such as withholding food, water, shelter, and necessary medical care.

What constitutes pet neglect?

Pet neglect involves failing to provide adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care for the animal's survival. It can be intentional or unintentional, resulting in significant suffering for the animal.

Distinguishing between animal abuse and neglect:

Intentional cruelty involves purposefully causing physical harm to an animal. Neglect refers to the failure to meet an animal's basic needs, like food, water, shelter, or medical care. Animals left without proper shelter in extreme weather conditions fall under this category.

How to Report Animal Cruelty in Spain 

For expatriates and those not proficient in Spanish, reporting animal abuse can be challenging due to concerns about potential backlash and the correct reporting process.

To report incidents of animal cruelty, neglect, mistreatment, injury, or distress in Spain, you must visit your local Police Comisaría in person and submit a written report known as a "denuncia."

Gather as much evidence as possible, including photographs, videos, and relevant dates. Providing clear directions and a map can aid authorities in understanding the situation. Ensure you have identification documents such as NIE/Residencia or a passport. A Guardia Civil officer may assist you in completing the denuncia. A copy will be sent to Seprona for investigation, and you should retain a copy as well.


You can follow up on your report of animal cruelty by presenting your copy of the denuncia at the station.


When dealing with severe cases of animal abuse or neglect, rest assured that Seprona (the environmental division of the Guardia Civil) treats these matters seriously.


Seprona (Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza) is a unit within the Guardia Civil dedicated to nature conservation and animal welfare across Spain. You can also contact Seprona via email at

Important Notes:

  1. The person filing the denuncia must identify themselves, as required by law. However, the denuncia's purpose is solely to inform authorities, who will take action against the reported party, not the individual reporting the incident.


  1. To understand and follow the instructions on our website effectively, a reasonable command of Spanish is necessary. If you lack proficiency, consider seeking assistance from a fluent friend.


Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal advice. It's intended to inform you, and seeking professional guidance is advisable before taking any legal action.

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