A COUPLE have been tried for allegedly poisoning their neighbour’s cats.
A criminal court has been urged by prosecutors to hand the pair nine-month prison sentences each, as well as two years’ disqualification from owning pets. They also face compensating their neighbour for the deceased pets and veterinary bills of his surviving cats.
The pair are on trial for killing five of their neighbour’s eight cats, allegedly putting poison in balls of meat. Prosecutors allege the couple “threw balls of raw poisoned meat” over the dividing wall of their neighbour’s home in March 2011 with the “intent to end”” the lives of his cats. His animals quickly ate the meat, with five dying. The other three were saved after their owner intervened.
Last month it was revealed around 50 residents had gathered in San Pedro to demand the council puts an end to the spate of pet poisonings.
Opposition politicians and several animal organisations also joined the protest after locals from Marbella and San Pedro became outraged after dogs and cats were killed by poison.
The problem has grown over the year with more than 10 dogs dying in Marbella in one a week in September. One dog was killed after eating poison in a playground in La Campana, forcing police to close the park. The play area on Avenida Miguel de Cervantes is used by residents with and without pets, as well as children.
A resident, Francisco Montijano, told a publication, “in addition to animals, it could affect some of the children who play there every day.” Other neighbours told media outlets the poison comes in a “barely perceptible” liquid form, and have speculated the poison may have been left in three locations.
Police have collected samples of the liquid but residents remain concerned, telling one publication, “we are afraid to take our dogs out and have to walk them with our eyes peeled to stop them from going into the undergrowth and eating something which could kill them.” Mr Montijano added, “we are checking the area on a daily basis to make our walks safe we but are frightened someone will start spreading the poison further afield.”
In July it was revealed The Guardia Civil’s Nature Protection Service (Seprona) was also investigating the appearance of pesticides disguised as dog treats around Torremolinos.