Guardia Civil investigate Mallorca dog poisonings

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LLENAIRE BEACH: Where police are investigating a poisoning case.

A COUPLE has been charged with poisoning at least eight dogs in Santa Eugenia. Officers from the Guardia Civil Nature Protection Service, Seprona, launched the investigation in March after two dogs were reportedly poisoned on a private property. One died and the other was left in serious condition.

Several days later, another two dogs on a nearby property died from poisoning. Using a dog trained to detect poisoned bait, the officers found pieces of meat which had been spiked with products to kill plagues of snails which were collected and analysed.

A search of the property where they were found revealed dog food and poisons and the couple was charged with poaching and animal abuse.The man had previously been sentenced for animal abuse. 

In a separate incident, Seprona officers are investigating the death of a dog found poisoned in Port de Pollença. The dog was found by locals in an area of Llenaire Beach where dogs are allowed.

The town hall ordered the immediate cleaning of the beach, as any substances which had killed the dog may also have endangered human lives, an autopsy of the dog and lodged a complaint with the Guardia Civil. They also sent condolences to the German owners of the dog, who were on holiday in the area. 

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