By Humphrey Carter THE London-based international animal welfare organisation The Mayhew Animal Home last week sent a letter to the Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer, expressing their deep concern about the plight of the International Centro Canino.

The Centro Canino in a state of transition, is settling in to its new home, but Local Police have been called in to investigate claims of dogs being poisoned. The new location has been broken into and equipment stolen and abusive and threatening slogans splashed on the new site.

James Hogan, the vice chairman of The Mayhew Animal Home which has 70'000 members and is working to protect animals across the world, said yesterday that he and the organisation are deeply concerned about what is happening to the Centro Canino. “We have been monitoring events for a while, we were aware of them having to move, albeit for valid development reasons, and were pleased to hear they had found a new site. “But the reports reaching us about the pets and even staff being under threat at the new site are very alarming,” he told the Bulletin. “The poisoning of animals is not acceptable anywhere and we have made our feelings clear to the Mayor,” he added. “We are pleased to hear that the police in the area are apparently taking the incidents seriously and we hope that adequate action will be taken by the authorities to look after the best interests of the Centro Canino and the animals being looked after,” James Hogan said.

The Mayhew Animal Home was founded 118 years ago and today is working as far afield as South Africa, Afghanistan and Moscow to protect animal welfare.
Last month the Centro Canino was forced to close in Calle Jesus, to make way for the new green belt which is being built, after a long battle with the city council and a long and desperate search for new premises.

The Mayhew Animal Home is hoping that Cirer will take note of its letter and take steps to enable Centro Canino to settle into its new home.