Lo­cal po­lice clam­p­down on pet own­ers

Elche of­fi­cers is­sue more than 500 ‘de­nun­cia’ re­ports

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By Alex Watkins FOL­LOW­ING a wave of com­plaints about prob­lems caused by pets, Elche lo­cal po­lice em­barked on a week of in­spec­tions in the most trou­ble­some ar­eas, in­clud­ing squares and gar­dens in the city as well as ru­ral dis­tricts.

The cam­paign re­sulted in 528 re­ports for break­ing the mu­nic­i­pal by­law, 42% for not hav­ing the re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion, or not be­ing reg­is­tered.

The lo­cal po­lice lo­cated eight an­i­mals that did not have a mi­crochip.

The next most com­mon com­plaints were dogs be­ing walked without a lead or al­lowed to defe­cate or uri­nate in a pro­hib­ited area, of which there were 159 (30%) and 95 (18%) cases re­spec­tively.

“De­spite res­i­dents’ feel­ings, a very high per­cent­age of own­ers were pick­ing up their dogs’ ex­cre­ment, but un­for­tu­nately the few who don’t do it are enough to cause vis­ually un­de­sir­able sit­u­a­tions,” said a spokesman for the force.

“On the other hand, there was a lack of con­sci­en­tious­ness about dogs uri­nat­ing in pro­hib­ited places and own­ers fre­quently did not rinse it ef­fec­tively with a bot­tle of water.”

A to­tal of 27 own­ers of po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous breeds of dog were re­ported for not put­ting a muz­zle on them, and 14 for let­ting them be walked by unau­tho­rised peo­ple, for ex­am­ple chil­dren.

One such dog was taken to the mu­nic­i­pal an­i­mal shel­ter be­cause the owner did not have any doc­u­men­ta­tion or a muz­zle, and it will re­main there un­til they are ob­tained.

The spokesman noted that ‘although many of these breeds are very good-na­tured, they can still re­act un­pre­dictably, es­pe­cially with other an­i­mals’.

Last month a dog be­ing walked in Peña de las Águilas was killed by two oth­ers that had es­caped from a home.

And on Oc­to­ber 24 a pa­trol went to hospi­tal with the fam­ily of a three-year-old boy who had been bit­ten by the fam­ily dog.

The Labrador re­acted in­stinc­tively when the child ap­proached as it was eat­ing, in­jur­ing his face and scalp.

“This shows that although no dog is ex­empt from a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion, the po­ten­tial dan­ger of an­i­mals with cer­tain phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics are clear and need to be re­duced,” said the spokesman.

A dog was im­pounded be­cause the owner did not have a muz­zle - although po­lice found one for the an­i­mal

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