Future of Torremolinos animal sanctuary in jeopardy


TORREMOLINOS’ troubled Parque Animal’s future is unclear after a recent tender to find new managers for the sanctuary failed to attract any offers.

The council will now reopen the application process, with the building’s current managers, Animal Home, continuing to take in animals in the meantime.

Torremolinos’ Environment Department had offered up to €67,000 to the successful applicant for taking over the shelter.

Three companies were invited to take part in the tender, which would see the successful firm collect, transport and shelter the town’s lost and abandoned animals, but not one chose to submit an application.

The Council is now said to be considering upping its offer to attract more companies.

Parque Animal had been run from 1998 to 2010 by Carmen Marin, until she was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after Guardia Civil officers found the bodies of dozens of animals in rubbish bins and freezers.

The judge found Marin had made a “lucrative” business out of the charity, which benefitted from zero tax, and carried out “culling session” on a “massive and unjustified” scale.

Marin currently faces further charges of using the charity’s money to fund luxury travel, restaurant trips and cars.

Animal Home have managed the site since the investigation concluded in 2012, although the property continues to be owned by Parque Animal after it was given a 50-year lease in 1998.

The fate of the site is now unclear, although a source at the council has reportedly said it is “not unusual” for these types of tenders to receive no applications.

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