Established more than 20 years ago by British expat Jane Reynolds,the Centro Canino Internacional is now in its third decade of fighting for animal rights and helping to protect and care for abandoned and unwanted pets from all over Mallorca, but principally from the south-west and Palma city.
Over the years, they have saved literally thousands of dogs, cats, horses and donkeys from either neglect or physical cruelty.
The Centro Canino Animal Rescue faces closure tomorrow, it is scheduled that the police will go in (on instruction from the council) and remove all animals and close down the centre. With other rescues full to bursting it is almost certain that most, if not all the animals will be destroyed. Healthy Dogs, Cats, Horses and Donkeys all destroyed for beurocracy!
Animals that have been rescued from horrific circumstances and cruelty at the hand of man, nurtured back to health, shown love for the first time, given a second chance at happiness.. for it all to be snatched away, again at the hand of man!
How many of your hard earned pounds/dollars get poured into Spain's tourist industry each year? Is this how you want your money to be used.. to enforce such action on a refuge that asks NOTHING from the spanish government and clears up the mess that they themselves do nothing about. Spain has a terrible record for animal cruelty, by closing down this refuge you cannot help but think the government endorses it!
There are several ways you can try and stop this senseless slaughter, and PLEASE I urge you all to try, I know its late notice, I know you may think its pointless, but if you had ever looked into a rescue dogs eyes, seen the horror of their suffering then you will understand that with even a moments notice it is worth trying to help.
Here is what you can do:
EDIT - UPDATE 29TH FEB 2008 - CENTRO CANINO HAS NOW SECURED A DEGREE OF SAFETY FOR THEIR SHELTER AND THE MANY ANIMALS THEY HELP THERE.. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED THEM IN THEIR PLIGHT BY E-MAILING PALMA COUNCIL, MEP'S, MALLORCA TOURIST BOARD AND VARIOUS NEWS AGENCIES. HERE IS A STATEMENT RELEASED BY CENTRO CANINO CLARIFYING THE CURRENT SITUATION:
Despite everything, we carry on!
Clarifying note from the Centro Canino Internacional with regard to the lifting of the cautionary measures.
Following various articles that have appeared in the media about the current state of affairs of the Centro Canino Internacional, we would like to point out the following:
1 Our centre cannot be closed at any time as we have a licence to hold 10 females, one male and all the puppies that are in the centre.
2 Nothing has been said at the moment about the cats, donkey and the other animals that are in our centre so they won’t be moved from where they are.
3 At any time the Town Hall may only take animals from the centre which, to their understanding, exceed the number that are permitted and this must be agreed with us.
4 Any dogs that might be taken from the centre become the responsibility of the Town Hall and will have to be housed in Son Reus or in other locations that are deemed suitable.
5 Under no circumstances will this association allow dogs to be taken to Son Reus as we consider the centre already full. This will be to their detriment and they could lose the ‘limited’ quality of life that they have.
6 Under no circumstances can dogs from Centro Canino Internacional be killed or given up for adoption without the consent of the association. There is no time limit for this either.
7 And most important of all is the fact that a judge (Dna Carmen Frigola Castillon) in her final summing up, has stated that the rights of animals whose lives are at stake due to relocation, must be respected. They deserve total respect from an advanced and modern society that cannot tolerate the sacrifice of animals that live in it.
As you can see, this is a good example of our society changing. It is becoming a place that we as animal lovers have desperately fought for for a long time. Surely the future of animal centres will be easier.
As always, thanks to all and let’s carry on!