Around 30/50 seconds later a woman asked for details, then put my husband on hold again. Around 15 minutes later she came back to him saying that she had been in contact with Police/Guardia Civil and an animal protection shelter in Palma. All had refused to attend due to weather conditions (which believe me we knew about). So, we were left with a dilemma. Do we leave the dog and wipe our conscience clean if the dog created an accident (as we had reported it), or do we try and get him into our small car and take him ourselves to the Police? Problem was even though we have dogs of our own we do not carry spare colars and leads with us and this very large dog, even though he seemed quite friendly, growled when my husband tried to get him in the car by the scruff of his neck as he wasn't wearing a collar. After about 15 minutes or so, my husband and I both very cold and very wet sat in the car for a minute or two with the passenger door open hoping the dog would just jump in. He didn't. Instead a car came and turned toward a finca and the dog ran after the car over the road. We turned around and followed to see if he was the owner of the dog. He wasn't, but very kindly gave us a length of rope to enable us to get the dog into the car. Once this was done, we then went the 3 kilometres back to Sineu and took the dog to the Guardia Civil. After explaining the situation, they took the dog and we left. Wet, cold, disheartened, disgusted and disillusioned as yet again the powers that be have got it wrong. What's the point of a campaign when there is no back up service, ie dog wardens as in the UK, Germany, France, etc. Posters don't stop people abandoning animals, action from putting by-laws into enforcement works better.
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