By Tim Fanning

PALMA
LETTERS, emails and messages of support have been pouring into the Centro Canino with the news that it is threatened with imminent closure.
Julie Ford, the centre's vice-president, told the Bulletin yesterday that people from around the world had been in contact to lend their support to the embattled animal shelter. She added that many people in Britain were getting in contact with the media to express their concerns.

Among those lending their support to the campaign are Roger Gale MP and his wife Suzy, who have visited the Centro Canino in the past.
As was reported in an interview with Ford in last weekend's edition of the paper, the members of the Son Reus municipal pound are due to start removing the animals from the Centro Canino on February 14. The animals were due to be removed yesterday but this was postponed as the pound is full.

Supporters and members of the Centro Canino are now asking how many animals will be killed in Son Reus to make room for the centre's current tenants and a campaign is under way asking people to contact the town council with their protests. The Centro Canino has already posted a letter from President Juan Gil to the Mayor of Palma, Aina Calvo, on its website. Part of the letter reads: “There are many people, who, albeit altruistically, are trying to offer abandoned and maltreated animals a second chance to find a family who will look after them.” “Who are we harming by this? The neighbours say that they can neither live nor even sleep because they are disturbed by the barking. But don't be taken in by this Aina. They are not troubled by the noise.” “We have been inspected, registered, judged and submitted to every possible test by (SEPRONA) the Guardia Civil green patrol. These tests have shown that we do not exceed the permitted sound levels.”