URGENT measures will be taken to reduce stray cat colonies in Torremolinos which have been denounced as a public health hazard. Local animal associations will be involved in the decisions to ensure that the cats are protected and kept healthy in the future.
Multiple cat colonies have existed in Torremolinos for years but recent growth has been uncontrolled and poses a severe threat to both animal and human health. Animal rights groups have demanded the local government take preventative measures, fearing that a cull would be implemented if no action is taken.
Many animal lovers in Torremolinos remain shaken by the sadistic events seen at the municipal animal park. Thousands of cats and dogs were killed slowly by the ex-director who was handed a prison sentence earlier this year.
Residents can expect an intensive capture, deworming and sterilisation campaign in the coming weeks. Once cleared, the cats will then be released into particular areas, away from residential buildings and other populated places.
People who feed the cats may also face a steep €250 fine if caught. Water and food will be officially provided in the designated areas.