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Post Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:56 am

There have been a few posts on here, about cruelty to animals in Spain. I’m sorry, but I’m a bit too squeamish to read them. Instead I’d like to tell you about something that happened in August which may balance this out.

I’ve adopted nine stray cats since I’ve been here, and over the last year, seven have died. One vanished, one fell out of the tree onto the patio and smashed its hip, three were savaged by dogs, one kitten just keeled over and died, and the mother of the kitten… well that’s what this is all about.

The feral mother moved in three weeks before what happened, happened, and drove out my female Siamese into the woods. There were constant fights, and finally the mother lost an eye in a battle. For two weeks she was in constant pain, without eating. Finally I managed to get her into a cat box and take her to the vets to have her destroyed.

The female vet in Tordera, without even examining the cat, refused to destroy it, but spent twenty minutes on the phone to the local cat's homes, looking for a place. She couldn’t find a place, and still wouldn’t put it down. So then the vet told me I would have to go the police station which was about 50 yards away. Different countries, different laws ? Maybe I needed a permit to have the cat put down ? Or maybe the police did it out the back with their handguns ?

Leaving the cat behind, and feeling like an IDIOT, I went to the police station and explained my problem. Can you imagine doing this in England ?There were two young lads on duty; one had his bag over his shoulder ready to knock off and go to the beach. When he heard what I had to say he hung up his bag and got behind his computer, while the other got onto the phone. They spent thirty minutes ringing around for a “Protector de los gatos” or cat’s home. I simply couldn’t believe it. There must have been one hell of a shortage of crime in the Tordera area that day.

Drawing a blank, one of the policemen took me back to the vet where a twenty-minute conversation took place between them. I don’t know what it was about, as it was in Catala, and I didn’t understand any of it. Anyway the upshot of it was that she still refused to have the cat put down. The policeman then took me back to the police station with the cat, took out a map and marked a route for me to follow to find another vet in the town.

This vet kindly put the cat out of its misery.

I don’t know what you think about this, but I was gobsmacked. I’ll tell you what though, come Christmas the Tordera police are going to get a case of beer off me.

 

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Re: Vets

Post Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:33 pm

Hello TorderaRon,

That is a nice story and I have never experianced anything like it here in Alicante Provence, I have four cats, three of which came over from the UK with us, the third was given to us by a friend, the reason being was that the cat had a habit of tearing up paper any paper the cat could get hold of it tore to pices, the friend was very house proud and felt that she had no room for this monster, so we took the cat off her hands.

Since then the cat has broken this habit, and now mixes with our other cats learning from them, I assume, how to behave in a house, so we now have four well behaved cats, and love each and every one to bits.

We also adopted a dog that was found in a rubbish bin some four years ago, the poor thing was riddled with fleas, and worms, it was in such a state that we took it to the vets and let her clean it up and prescribe the tonic and medication for the dog, we called her "Stigg" (the dog not the vet) as in "Stigg of the dump" after the book and where we found her, looking at the dog you would think we would havecalled her "Spot" as she has a black patch over her eye, but we fooled everyone with her name.

Well I have rambled on for long enough. Good Luck with any other strays you find.

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:51 pm

Hi,
Aaah - what good things to read. Even in the UK now there is just so much horrible treatment of animals - mainly for some sick person's pleasure!

I have been brought up around animals - fish, snails, frogs, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats & dogs - and our children always had animals around them. I can never ever understand how anyone could purposely harm.

Our most personal members of the family have always been dogs - we lost our last one of 14 years recently to a strange condition and are still very much missing her! The sad part is that she still acted like a young puppy until falling ill.
As husband & I are moving to Spain permanently asap - we are holding off getting another until we are re-settled.
We have been concerned reading on the forum about some awful losses of dogs recently - but then read so many other good stories - that we hope we shall just be vigilant enough to be able to get pets again when out in Spain.
We are "soft touches" for dogs in particular - so who knows what we'll end up with - but one thing is for certain - each animal we have brought home we have told them that "you will have a good life in this family" - and I know this has been the case.

Been thinking about "Luna" - she was rescued some time back by some-one on the forum.
Any recent news of her ?

Cheers,
Topsy.

 

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:12 pm

Hi Topsy,

You're doing the right thing in waiting untill you come out here. Just move in, and if you are an animal lover, a pet will adopt you. I'm afraid you won't have much say in the matter.

Hi Countryboy,

My friend in Crevillente tells me there is a cat's home near you run by an ex-paratrooper. Apparently, people should avoid the place, or you will end up walking out with an armload of fluffy kittens !

 

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:01 pm

Hi TorderaRon,
Yes thats the case I'am sure that is the case, I have to keep my wife away from these pet homes or we would be snowed under with all sorts of pets. Yes Topsy, when you move to Spain for good you will have so much choice of dogs and cats to adopt, you will want to take them all in.

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