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Living in Rural Spain

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Lyam B Member Since: Nov 3, 2014
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Hi everyone,

 

In the past 2 months I've taken in 2 stray dogs, both of which had gotten parvovirus. They were both treated successfully and I found the newest pup a loving family. 

 

So, now my 4 dogs are vaccinated and healthy, I thought everything would start to get better. I was wrong. Daphne, a German short-haired pointer has been internationally poisoned. On Friday night, she was coughing up blood, then her nostrils began to bleed. I was completely helpless since Spain doesn't have many emergency vets. The morning came and blood was just dripping from her nose. I rang the vets, booked an emergency appointment and drove there.

 

Her blood wasn't clotting, but luckily the poison hadn't spread to any organs and she responded well to the IV.

 

I thought she might have consumed some pesticides but after asking my neighbours, they haven't started fumigation. A neighbour then told me someone had been driving around throwing food out of their car. The village in which I reside has very little appreciation for animals so this could quite possibly be true, but I was still wary. 

 

As I was walking the dogs today, I saw a dead kitten with nostrils covered in blood.

 

I’m quite angry right now and there's nothing 'legally' I can do, because the police have no regard for animals either. 

 

The cruelty in Spain is disgusting (especially in small villages). No matter how much proof you have that someone committed an act of crime - nothing will be done. Every week I'll see at least 3 dead animals on the road or the street. When I walk through my village (that only accommodates 600 people) I see at least 5 stray animals in a 1km walk. 

 

So now, I'm finding out who's been throwing poisoned food because all my dogs are now at risk. I’m also considering going to church one Sunday and asking if I can show a presentation about animal cruelty.

 

Just wanted to get that off my chest!

 

 

Sorry, this was supposed to be posted in Coffee Break

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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
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The same happens here in the Philippines and in some other places I have been to as well. Puppies and kittens are routinely placed in plastic bags and sacks and then thrown away in the trash. It is so heartbreaking. Many of the 'family' dogs are chained outside the homes or at their gates with only a metre or so of leash. They are often never taken for a walk and I've heard lots perished when there was a flood years ago because they were left tied like that by their owners.

 

I have some local friends who are pet lovers but even they seem to treat dogs differently. If the dog is local or called an askal, they were treated like doorbells and doormats. Imported dogs or those which are pedigree dogs are treated like spoiled children. I do not understand why is that and it makes me angry but like you, there is nothing much I can do.

 

I'm sure some locals treat animals nicely and I've met some of them, but as a whole, it is no fun being a local cat or a local dog, especially since the majority of people don't know what spaying and neutering is and believe in all sorts of misinformation about rabies. People here shoot cats with pellet guns, believing they carry rabies.

 

I have a few cats now, the stray I adopted a year ago had kittens (after I had her spayed no less!). I'm thinking of suing the veterinarian but I doubt if anything will come out of it since even educated individuals here seem not to be able to grasp that my cat is a victim of veterinary negligence/malpractice. All I hear is "it's just a cat" or "just throw the kittens away on the streets". I love this country and I have blood ties here but gee, It is no fun at all to be a kitty cat or a puppy dog round here.

 

The first dog I had when I got here died from poisoning. I better stop typing now.

 

I feel that I also have to get that off my chest, sorry Smiley Happy

 

 



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Lyam B Member Since: Nov 3, 2014
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What you explained is exactly the same here. In the bigger cities, animals are treated better, but in rural areas where there are so many strays, the population never decreases.

 

Although it's normal, but when I see dogs homeless (especially now winter's coming) it breaks my heart. The worst thing is now when I actually see a dog/cat being cared for properly, I always compliment the owners and say "oh, their wonderful people" when in fact - it should be the norm.

 

I want people to see how amazing animals can be and how loyal and protective they are. But for them, animals are just an objective or a hunting game. 

 

urgh

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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
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In here they are treated the same both in the city and rural area, it's so sad. My neighbours thought I was eccentric for worrying about the stray cats and dogs when there's a typhoon coming and they can't seem to understand why I was so worried when one of my cat's kittens went missing. Imported cats and dogs are a different thing, they get treated like babies and some even have pet nannies! What's this madness! The local strays as as nice and cute and loyal as the pedigree ones but it is like no one seems to see that. I can go on and on about this topic, even vets are biased it is totally grrr. 

 

By the way, there is very small community/group of people here who advocate responsible ownership and really cares for animals but like me, they are seen as 'overly soft weirdos' by the majority of the population. What I worry about now is who will take care of my pets when it is time for me to leave. I suppose I can leave them with relatives since they like animals too but they are not really into keeping the pets inside so the animals can still get victimised by those who poison and kill animals which are allowed to roam outside the home.

 

I managed to find one kitten a good home and the other two have good candidates for pet parents. To do that I had to start a youtube account, instagram account, and facebook page to make them 'marketable'. Local animals are so numerous on the streets that people simply don't appreciate them and it takes a lot to convince someone to adopt one. The kittens knows dog tricks like play dead, roll over and sit...so far that is what they are wiling to learn haha.



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Lyam B Member Since: Nov 3, 2014
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I can barely train my dogs, never mind cats! Yeah, here's the same, people to seem to think I'm crazy because I feed them well and take them for walks. 

 

Also, one of my neighbours has admitted poisoning the grass outside  their house (on the olive grove). He's never liked Daphne ever since she took a poo on some building material. He's admitted the poisoning on grass that he doesn't own. I've asked the vet to analyze the blood and if he's responsible - I'm going to take legal action against 

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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
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How's Daphne now? 

 

Not sure if people there will take you seriously. In here there are laws but they are seldom implemented.

 

About poisoning, when I was a kid, we had a neighbour who scattered pesticide-laced nuts around his garden. I think he was trying to kill coons or squirrels but karma bit him right back where it hurts as it was his toddler son who was rushed to the hospital for collecting and eating the nuts. I can't remember what happened to his kid after that.

 

Maybe your neighbour can get some flak for poisoning the grass which is not on his property. If local authorities there don't take pet poisoning seriously, you can bring up trespassing...but you will have to prove that he admitted to applying the poison.



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Lyam B Member Since: Nov 3, 2014
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Daphne's a lot better; she's back to opening the fridge and eating my food on the counter.

 

Yeah, when it comes to animal cruelty, Spain isn't much of an enforcer. There are charities that specialise in animal cruelty cases though, so they'd probably be able to best advise me what to do next.

 

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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
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Aww I'm so glad Daphne is back to her usual self. 

 

Lol at opening the fridge! My cats has figured out the same and they work in tandems! I had to train them to dislike the fridge by using a spray bottle. It worked but now they learned how to turn on the faucet. They like watching the water go down the drain its funny and exasperating at the same time.

 

I hope you get some justice for what she had to went through...or at least be able to generate more awareness for the people there.



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Pablo V Member Since: Dec 16, 2014
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I'm very sad to hear this

 

"I’m quite angry right now and there's nothing 'legally' I can do, because the police have no regard for animals either."

 

Of course there is, for sure!, but you are not knocking at the right door. In Spain there are the Police and the "Guardia Civil".  Generally the police will not care about it. Those aren't his bussiness. The Guardia civil have a special corps created specifically for this type of crimes. Please ask for a SEPRONA agent at the "cuartel de la guardia civil" and tell him/her your case. If you can, take photos of all those death animals and show him/her. Specially if you find dead eagles or other protected species.  Thanks for help us to jail this horrible people. Its a difficult task sadly. To indiscriminately release poisoned baits in the nature is NOT legal in Spain. There are very few, if any, exceptions to this rule and your case is not one.

 

Assure you to have all documentation about your dogs updated and fine before.

 

The cruelty in Spain is disgusting

 

> Older people are the worst, we are improving, maybe very slowly, but improving...

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Pablo V Member Since: Dec 16, 2014
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