Thousands of pigs have drowned on a Spanish farm, following the failure of the farm owners to heed warnings of impending floods.
The farm, in Villafranca de Ebro, had been previously warned of the impending wet weather, though failed to act on the warnings. Heavy rain ensued and let to the drowning of many animals after a nearby river burst its banks.
Animal welfare campaigners caught some pictures and videos of the tragedy and many pigs can be seen almost completely submerged in water. They can be heard and seen screeching for help and struggling to stay afloat and attempting to climb over pens to escape. Cows in an outside yard were also pictured wading through the knee-high waters.
It has been reported, by the daily mail online, that over 1,000 animals died in their pens. Government officials say that over 46,000 animals had been successfully evacuated from the area without any problems.
'It is the owners of the plots of land who are responsible for saving their animals.', said one government official.
Efforts from workers of the Service of Nature protection of the Civil Guard had attempted to rescue the struggling pigs, though waters had risen too high for this to happen. Animal welfare group, The Animalist party Against Mistreatment of Animals, have now lodged a complaint against the farm owners for animal mistreatment and said if the farm had evacuated them on time, they may have saved the animals.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.