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Dog killers on the loose

Por: | 08 de abril de 2011

Some insane person or band of loonies is going around poisoning dogs at certain parks in Madrid. It is happening in the district of Valdebernardo, where residents say that at least four dogs were killed over the last month after eating or smelling rat poison that someone has left out. The police have already been alerted but this is the type of complaints that is repeated over and over again in the Spanish capital where sick individuals believe that contaminating animals is an annual sport.

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Last year, in Malasaña, a popular barrio near Madrid’s center, at least five dogs died from venom that was purposely left out. Two years ago, in La Elipa, in the southern reaches of the city, people complained to the police that their pets were getting sick at a neighborhood park. Dog-owners have begun to put muzzles on their pets during their walks.

Traditionally, Madrid isn’t a typical dog-lovers' capital compared to other European cities, where pets are allowed on the bus or inside bars. In fact, Madrid can be termed more of a dog-haters' paradise filled with many residents from rural backgrounds who grew up with the notion that animals belong outdoors in the country. It is unfortunate that these types of crimes go unpunished because it is difficult to catch these animal assassins.

 

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Martin - I am trying to get in touch with you - you used to have Memo from Madrid in The Paper, here in Tenerife, where I was deputy editor. The Paper has sadly gone but I am launching a new paper here and would like to speak to you regarding coming in again - please email me and we can discuss - thanks Martin, hope to hear from you
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I agree with you Troy...perhaps a bit rough. This is the typical yellow press story....I apologize the deaths, of course I do. But, I think that for a couple of sick people it´s not good to say that the people of Madrid hates dogs. Mostly, in a city where you can see a lot of people walking with its dogs.
Other matter is the canine sculptures that you can find in parks, streets,..disgusting.

No me interesa esta historia, prefiero ésta otra:

http://www.ingenioconsaboralaca.com/2011/04/ocupado.html

Terrible story, indeed the person(s) doing this are sick, but the portrait of the Spaniard (or more precisely unfortunate country folk invading Madrid) as dog haters doesn't really match up with today's Spain that I see. Seems to me that you can't walk down the street without seeing 3 or 4 pedigree dogs, unfortunately 2 of those might be pit bulls that aren't wearing the muzzles (required by law) mentioned above and perhaps one of those might be on a lead.

In fact it's difficult to walk down the street without having to two-step around canine sculptures left behind in a country where they clean the streets daily.

Again, terrible news for the people whose dogs have been killed but perhaps a bit rough in regards to the dog haters, no?

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