PET-OWNERS in Alicante city with dog licences will be allowed to enter more public spaces than formerly.
The licences, which are to be obligatory and cost €35, will also provide a clear picture of the city’s canine population, said councillor Marisol Moreno.
But the council also intends to give something back to dog-owners now that they must pay, Moreno said. They will be entitled to attend obedience courses and those finishing with flying colours will be entitled to take their dogs on buses, trams and to the beach.
Regarding the issue of dogs on beaches, there was still work to be done with other council departments, Moreno admitted: “First we need beaches where dogs are allowed.”
City hall hopes to put all these plans into action as quickly as possible as well as another initiative to sterilise the females amongst the city’s colonies of cats. The corporation is currently negotiating with the Alicante College of Veterinary Surgeons so that the sterilisation programme costs as little as possible.
At last count there were 120 and city hall has plans for more courses, this time for the cat lovers who feed the colonies, encouraging them to use dry food. They will become ‘municipal volunteers,’ underlining the importance of their work.