STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
A TOTAL of 7'080 dogs and 3'118 cats were abandoned over the course of last year on Majorca. A report released yesterday by the Balearic Animal Defence League (Baldea) revealed that furthermore, nearly 5'000 bodies of pets were cleared from roads and ditches across the Island during the same period.

Baldea president Rafel Jaume said that the figures put Majorca as one of the top offenders in Spain in terms of abandoned pets. He said that every year, municipal animal refuges and centres handle some 13'000 animals - 9'000 dogs and 4'000 cats, only a small part of which - 3'000 - are there because they have been lost or stolen.

The report showed that the rate of animals being claimed back by their previous, or new owners, from the Animal Protection Centre at Son Reus is 28 percent for dogs and 2 percent for cats. By way of comparison, Jaume was able to produce figures showing that pet abandonment in Catalonia is vastly inferior to that witnessed on Majorca. Jaume was speaking yesterday at the presentation of a pre-Christmas campaign which aims to prevent the buying of pets as seasonal gifts, only for them to be later abandoned because owners can't “cope with or afford them.” He was accompanied on the occasion by Cosme Bonet, the Minister for the President's Office;Begoña Sanchez, Health councillor at Palma City Hall and Rural Development director, Antoni Perelló.

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