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Animal groups criticise council inaction after dozens of street cats are poisoned in Torremolinos

Several poisoned cats have been found in the last few days.
Several poisoned cats have been found in the last few days. / SUR
  • The PSOE called for "the control and sterilisation of street cats" during their election campaign but groups say nothing has been done

The problem of street cats in Torremolinos shows no sign of abating after two animal groups, Málaga Felina and the Partido Animalista, reported a spate of poisonings.

The groups say that they have found dozens of poisoned street cats in the last few days alone in El Pinillo, Montemar and in the Pasaje Aguilar close to Puerto Marina but criticise the local authorities for "not issuing a single fine for this practice".

They have also called the town hall out for reneging on its 'zero sacrifice' policy, something which the council denies.

The PSOE, in its election campaign, called for "the control and sterilisation of street cats". But according to groups Liberación Animal and Afectados por Parque Animal, the council has not taken any action to combat the growing colonies of street cats.

In March 2016, the council approved the creation of a committee, made up of the police, animal care experts and associations which would assess the situation in the town then implement the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) method. However, due to administrative problems, the council says, this plan has not yet been set in motion.