CAS Events December & November News

Saturday December 1
The Wonderful Glitz and Glamour Ball at the Hotel (Rural) Almazara between Nerja and Frigiliana Road. A very special, stylish event! Welcome drink, canapés, four-course meal with wine, coffee and liqueurs, plus entertainment from Andy Time and a disco. Tickets 35 euros from the CAS office 95 252 2607 or from Mike on 699 948 993.

Tuesday December 11
Quiz Night at MT Bar, Punta Lara, Nerja. Quiz starts 8.30pm. Food available Entrance 3 euros. Book with Mick 671 447 397 or Terry 652 430 383. Next quiz on January 8.

Friday December 14
Quiz Night at Restaurante Pan y Playa (formerly Sabor de Amor),Burriana Beach, Nerja Quiz starts 9.00pm. Food available beforehand. Entrance 3 euros. Quizmaster Dave Jamieson. Book direct with restaurant on 665 454 431.

To reserve: Unless indicated otherwise, telephone the CAS office on 95 252 3607 (10am – 1pm).

Scruffs Nerja brings 1,800 euros to CAS
The weather was kind, the dogs were behaved and the crowd was enthusiastic. This year’s annual uig show, Scruffs Nerja, was another successful fund raiser for the Costa Animal Society.

There were over 60 entries in the various classes for the event which was held on the market site at Almijara II last month, by kind permission of the town hall. The show was opened in Spanish and English by Jackie Gómez from the Foreigners’ Department at the town hall and by Karen O’Brien from CAS.

CAS wants to thank the afternoon’s main sponsor, Nerja Solicitors, as well as those business and individuals who sponsored the various classes who helped swell the day’s total to almost 1,800 euros. Thanks also to the Dog Academy whose members gave an impressive display of their dogs’ obedience and agility during the interval.

The cup for Non-Pedigree Best in Show went to Yogi owned by Ytanna, while the Pedigree Best was Echo owned by Wolfgang. The judges decided that the Best Rescue Dog or Bitch was Tanya owned by Romana.

Thanks to everyone who supported Scruffs Nerja, Scruffs Torrox and other CAS fund-raising events during 2012. Season’s Greetings from the CAS volunteers and here’s to a Happy New Year for animals everywhere.

Walking your dog legally
Many people in the Nerja area will know Tina Ford who has trained many local dogs in the rudiments of good and acceptable canine behavior over the years. Tina recently told the Costa Animal Society that she had been stopped by a countryside ranger when she was walking her dogs off the lead in the campo, and was told that it is illegal to walk dogs off the lead anywhere.

“I was aware the law applied to public areas,” she said, “but in the campo, where I was, with no people, houses or busy roads, I was surprised to be told this and was given a warning.” Tina subsequently contacted Seprona, the environmental arm of the Guardia Civil, who confirmed this is the case and added that, if an owner’s land is not fenced and gated, it is illegal for their dogs to run free there as well.

She told CAS, “If you let your dogs run free and they cause a problem to people or other animals, or behave in a threatening, aggressive manner, even if they do not bite, you can be reported, cautioned, fined or formally denounced.” She added this applies especially if the dog is of a certain size, breed, or cross-breed. “Your dog does not have to be on the dangerous dogs list. If it is a mixed breed with certain head and jaw size, this still applies, and by law,” says Tina, “it should be registered at the Town Hall. Not everyone knows that!” Your vet can help you if you need advice on the subject.

On the other hand, anyone who has problems with a dog running loose or causing trouble to people or animals should report the matter to Seprona. Tina says, “Talk to them and they will advise you and act on your behalf. They are not just there to deal with abused animals, but are there to enforce the law if it is being broken. It’s there for the protection of animals and people, whether Spanish or foreign.”

(News/Clubs: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)