A grain of rice by any other name...

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By Saman­tha Kett PEGO-STYLE rice bear­ing Dé­nia's name in­stead is not de­signed to com­pete with the ver­sion grown in the Mar­jal, in­sist its dis­trib­u­tors.

In fact, it also comes from the Mar­jal – and is pack­aged in Pego.

The short-grain rice used in lo­cal paella vari­a­tions such as ar­roz a banda, grown in the marshes on the Pego-Oliva border, is known as Bomba rice, and the town where it orig­i­nates has al­ways been the only one to be used as a brand name for it.

But now, Ar­roz Bomba Pego will be joined on the shelves by Ar­roz Bomba Dé­nia.

It will hit the shelves in spring, says the firm Ex­plota­ciones Agrí­co­las Pe­goFruta, S.L .

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany di­rec­tor, Curro Ruiz de la Torre, Ar­roz Bomba Dé­nia is not there to tread on Pego's toes.

“Dé­nia and the Ma­rina Alta are culi­nary tourist at­trac­tions, so they need con­tent,” Ruiz de la Torre ex­plains.

“Link­ing this type of rice to Dé­nia, which is a UN­ESCO Creative Culi­nary City, gives it ex­tra ku­dos.”

The firm has been plan­ning the prod­uct launch for over four years, when it de­cided to con­vert 452 acres of orange groves on the edge of the Mar­jal into paddy fields.

Now, 90% of the plot has been adapted for grow­ing rice, says Ruiz de la Torre. GUARDIA Civil shot an ag­gres­sive Amer­i­can Pit Bull Terrier that had killed an­other dog at a ru­ral home in Cre­vil­lente last Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the force, the an­i­mal en­tered a neigh­bour’s prop­erty through a hole in the wire fence, then got into a fight with the owner’s Weimaraner.

The owner was un­able to sep­a­rate them and called the emer­gency ser­vices be­cause the other dog was so ag­gres­sive. When the of­fi­cers ar­rived the pit bull had im­mo­bilised the Weimaraner with its jaws locked around its neck.

Lo­cal po­lice, Guardia Civil and a mem­ber of the mu­nic­i­pal stray an­i­mal col­lec­tion team tried to calm it down, with­out suc­cess.

“When they ad­vanced to try to catch it, the dog launched a fe­ro­cious at­tack against them, so there was no other way to sub­due the an­i­mal but shoot it,” said the spokesman, not­ing that the other dog was al­ready dead from its in­juries.

The Guardia Civil found that the pit bull did not have an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mi­crochip but their in­ves­ti­ga­tion man­aged to lo­cate its owner.

The sus­pect is ac­cused of an­i­mal abuse and also faces nu­mer­ous fines for break­ing the leg­is­la­tion on keep­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous breeds of dog such as this one.

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