PUPPIES from dangerous breeds are routinely put down at the Almeria City animal shelter.
In accordance with a city bylaw they must be put down after 10 days if unclaimed by their owners.
Following a meeting with the Pacma Animal Potection ASsociation, Ciudadanos (Cs) spokesman, Miguel Cazorla, asked the city council to think twice about this practice.
The issue arose during a municipal debate on subsidies for local groups and associations. Pacma have explained to him that experts do not believe that any puppy is potentially dangerous, Cazorla said. Putting it down to prevent future danger is totally disproportionate because it ignores the importance of training, Pacma said.
So long as the initiative receives favourable technical reports, Ciudadanos Almeria wants the council to examine the possibility of modifying the bylaw which allows the puppies only 10 days at the shelter before they are put down.
According to the animal defence platform, Liberacion Animal, approximately 200 potentially dangerous dogs, crossbreeds and puppies are put down at the municipal shelter each year.