THE Protectora de Animales has rescued at least 12 dogs lost after fire swept through Los Montes last week.
Over the weekend following the fire, the Protectora received numerous calls regarding dogs straying after the fire, said Carmen Manzano, the organisation’s president. These included two pitbulls, two German shepherds, a small podenco cross who was very old but also very well cared-for as well as a labrador and a Brittany spaniel.
They were still trying to catch a German shepherd sighted near Fuente Olletas, which was very nervous and had burns on its muzzle, she said. Happily, the Brittany spaniel was soon returned to its owners, thanks to a telephone number on its identity tag, but at the time of writing the owners of the remaining dogs had not been tracked down. Some dogs have no identity chips while others contain no relevant information.
Anyone who had lost a dog during the fire should go either to the Protectora’s Refugio or the municipality’s Centro Zoosanitario, both situated on the Las Erizas road, near La Virreina.
Dogs which had apparently fled, frightened by fireworks during the San Juan, Virgen del Carmen and the Feria fiestas, still have not been claimed at the centres. “If a dog has been lost it is likely to be in one of these two places,” the Protectora president said.