Rampant cat colonies in Torremolinos

CAPTURE CAMPAIGN: Will see cats dewormed, sterilised and relocated.

URGENT measures will be taken to reduce stray cat colonies in Torremolinos which have been denounced as a public health hazard. Local animal associations will be involved in the decisions to ensure that the cats are protected and kept healthy in the future. 

Multiple cat colonies have existed in Torremolinos for years but recent growth has been uncontrolled and poses a severe threat to both animal and human health. Animal rights groups have demanded the local government take preventative measures, fearing that a cull would be implemented if no action is taken. 

Many animal lovers in Torremolinos remain shaken by the sadistic events seen at the municipal animal park. Thousands of cats and dogs were killed slowly by the ex-director who was handed a prison sentence earlier this year. 

Residents can expect an intensive capture, deworming and sterilisation campaign in the coming weeks. Once cleared, the cats will then be released into particular areas, away from residential buildings and other populated places. 

People who feed the cats may also face a steep €250 fine if caught. Water and food will be officially provided in the designated areas. 

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    • Suzanne Thorpe

      21 February 2017 • 10:22

      In the last ten years my U.K. based charity has spent well over 10,000 euros assisting the neutering and well being of street cats in Torremolinos. The current euphemism of ‘moving them away from Torremolinos has been well known for years. It is inhumane, disgraceful and brings shame onto Torremolinos – but it is certainly a good way of culling all tourism to the town as this will be all over the internet and animal lovers will not visit Torremolinos. As my charity has found – people, that is TOURISTS love the cats! So this will be a huge loss of revenue for the area, for hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. An example of this is the vast decline of tourism in Mauritius after the authorities there targeted dogs.The cats pose no health threat whilst levying a fine on people is against their human rights and anyone fined should approach the European Court of Human Rights – Suzanne Thorpe.

    • Suzanne Thorpe

      21 February 2017 • 14:45

      Further to my previous comment the amount we have spent helping cats in Torremolinos to keep them neutered and healthy is closer to 20,000 euros.

    • Theresa Sage

      09 March 2018 • 18:13

      We have seen 2 very ill cats along the promenade who do we contact to report this?


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