Costa Blanca Alfaz’s new pickup service for strays

 CONTRACT SIGNED: Marisa Cortes with Animales y Mascotas representative. Photo credit: Alfaz town hall

ALFAZ town hall has engaged Animales y Mascotas SLU to collect strays from local streets. Health and Animal Protection councillor Marisa Cortes explained that a Policia Local officer will accompany the firm’s employees when picking up an animal to read its chip. Should the cat or dog not have a chip, it will be taken to the Animal and Plant Protection Association (SPAP) in Benidorm, with whom Alfaz townhall has an agreement.
When an animal has a chip, its owners-located via their details on the Valencian Community’s Animal Identification Register (RIVIA)– will be able to pick up their pet at the Policia Local station. Where owners cannot be identified, the animal will be transferred to the Benidorm animal shelter.
“That is why it is so important for pets to be chipped,” Cortes said. She also reminded owners that dogs, whether or not they belong to a dangerous breed, should be registered on the Municipal Animal Census which was introduced to guarantee their protection while making pet ownership compatible with public health regulations and social harmony.

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Lisa Burgess