THERE has been unwarranted cruelty against animals, reported by individuals and local residents, in the following areas of Estepona: the bullring and surrounding urban-isations, Ronda en el Mar, Tres Banderas, Vista Africa, Viviendas del Sol and other apartment blocks.
A new animal charity Gatos y Amigos, with the moral support of the town hall and the police, is carrying out a neutering programme on the feral cats as well as the abandoned ones which are found everywhere in the town.
This is proving to be a great help in controlling the reproduction of these animals.
The charity Gatos y Amigos will not tolerate this behaviour and will report any individual or urbanisation ill-treating cats or abusing them.
The areas will be denounced to SEPRONA (Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit) as a breach of Law 11/2003 which allows the delinquent parties to be prosecuted.
Over 15 neutered cats around the above mentioned areas of the town have been found in the last year with varying degrees of injury, (veterinary evidence is available) some close to death, they are: broken legs, serious internal and external injuries caused by beating or kicking, loss of tails and eyes, suspected use of traps and snares, being shot by ‘toy’ guns and poisoning.
This is not new: the same problems of abuse and cruelty were reported a few months ago by another well-established charity about the ill treatment of tame cats in the streets of Estepona such as lethal kicking to the point of eviscerating a kitten.
Gatos y Amigos is asking for the public’s help in ending this abuse. Anyone interested in helping in any way should contact: Michele on 634 344 015, Val on 678 806 829 or Laura on 620 372 034.