The protest against the poisoning of dogs in Santa Maria del Cami. | Teresa Ayuga


Over a hundred residents of Santa Maria del Cami took part in a protest on Sunday to draw attention to mass poisonings of dogs and cats. Laura de Juan, spokesperson for the protesters, said that there had been cases in the past but these have increased considerably just recently. "We have our suspicions as to who might be doing this, but in the absence of evidence we prefer to keep our silence and let the Guardia Civil investigate."

The first case was back at the end of August last year when a dog called Trui seemed to have been poisoned. In December a terrier called Livi ingested poison and died. More recently, on 19 May, a Golden Retriever by the name of Caesar swallowed poison, but the rapid intervention by vets saved him. On the same day, though, another terrier died, followed by a dog called Gorka and others.

Last Tuesday, seven pieces of sobrassada were found with poison inside. The Guardia Civil's Seprona (nature and environment protection) unit is now investigating and has asked for the public to report any other cases. Laura de Juan added that the Guardia is seeking assistance in the matter and so if anyone has any information it should be passed on to the local police who will forward it to Seprona.

The town hall has given the protesters its backing. The mayor, Nicolau Canyelles, and other councillors took part in the protest. There is to be a meeting with the mayor to look at ways of preventing the killing of animals, Laura de Juan noting that it is also possible that a child could eat sobrassada that has been poisoned.