CAS November Press Release

Slaughter in Comares
Over the past decade, animal lovers in Comares have endured a continual stream of poisonings in the town. An estimated 200 cats and dogs have died painful deaths in that time after eating contaminated meat deliberately left out in the street.

However, things came to a head at the start of November when residents woke up one morning to find five dead dogs and 22 dead cats on the village streets, all of which had been poisoned. The shock has prompted a petition to the town hall calling for end to the practice and for the perpetrator to he apprehended.

A local vet has been able to find out what killed the animals after one dog owner saw her pet pick up and eat something on the street. The animal was rushed to the surgery where he had his stomach pumped and contents analysed. The poison was identified as a mixture of bleach and fertilizer which would cause burns to the throat and internal organs of any animal which swallowed it.

Spanish residents are supporting foreigners in Comares in demanding action and a group hope to be able to meet the mayor face to face, now that the general election is over. They want vengeance for all those dogs, cats and other creatures which have lost their lives in such a cruel way.

The deliberate poisoning of animals in public places is punishable under Andalucían law with fines of between 2,000 and 30,000 euros, and the Costa Animal Society is please to support the animal lovers of Comares in their fight.

CAS Cannot Take More Dogs
The cash crisis continues to hit everyone, including voluntary organisations like the Costa Animal Society which rely entirely on donations to keep going. CAS has drastically reduced the number of dogs in kennels over the last few months to save costs. Instead, the charity relies on fosterers, of which there are now almost 60, to look after animals temporarily until a permanent home can be found.

However, there are still around 20 dogs in kennels and CAS needs to reduce this further to reduce costs and vet bills of more than 1,000 euros per month. Each dog has to be vaccinated and neutered before it is given to a fosterer or is placed in kennels, while each dog in kennels costs CAS almost 150 euros per month.

Apart from the main annual functions, most of CAS’s regular income comes from the weekly car boots and quiz nights, plus sponsorship which has been dramatically reduced in the current climate. Donations from the general public have come to a virtual standstill for the same reason.
As a result, CAS has decided it can no longer take any more dogs into kennels until the situation improves or until people find themselves able to contribute funds in a substantial way. The volunteers will continue to help those animals which are truly abandoned or are found in need of veterinary treatment, but can no longer accept those which are simply not wanted any longer by their owners, for whatever reason.

Some owners contribute two or three weeks’ kennel fees for which CAS has been grateful, but an animal could be in kennels for many months before being rehomed which leaves CAS with an open ended liability when it is trying to reduce costs. To add to the problem, fewer people are prepared to take on the cost of having a pet at present which makes rehoming even more difficult.

CAS says that if this action is not taken, it is debateable whether the charity will survive. There is no doubt that the local public relies heavily on CAS to deal with abandoned animals, but many seem to assume that there are unlimited funds and personnel to run the organisation – which is simply not true.

Warning on Rogue Pet Transporters
The Costa Animal Society was alarmed to read recently of rogue traders in the pet travel business and has added its warning to owners planning to move back to the UK with their animals.

The subject was raised by Denise Brown who has run Pet Chauffeur for eight years and specialises in owner-accompanied pet travel. She says she has become “increasing concerned about cowboys with white vans who include pets as a commodity to be transported alongside furniture and boxes.” She claims many have little concern for the animals’ welfare, are unlicensed and therefore uninsured, and are completely illegal. Denise has cited examples of dogs dying during August in vans with no air conditioning, and of cats escaping during a stop at a service station.

CAS is pleased to repeat Denise’s advice to ask a potential carrier for their authorisation document from the EU which has very strict regulations on the transportation of live animals on its roads. Anyone transporting live vertebrate animals inside the EU on journeys of over 65 kilometres as part of an economic activity must hold a valid Animal Transportation Licence and a valid Vehicle Authorisation Licence as part of an EC regulation which became effective in January 2007. In the UK, the matter is handled by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Denise says, “Ask to see their licences before hiring them. Most of the reputable and legal companies will have their qualifications available to view on their websites. The ones who tell you that they are not necessary are those who don’t have them and are trading illegally.”

She adds that those who claim than a furniture transporter who says that carrying an occasional live animal does not require authorisation is also wrong. They are not exempt from the regulation.

Can You Help CAS?
The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact!

In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Mike (fund-raising) on 95 252 6312, Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society.

If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

Bank : Cajamar 
Account Name : Costa Animal Society 
Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283
BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A
IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

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