Interesting article in La Voz : (sorry it is in Spanish)
Unbeknown(sp?) to anyone (me thinks) Tias ayuntamiento have been paying a private firm/kennels to collect "stray" dogs off the streets for the last twelve months. They then kennel them for three weeks to allow owners to recover them and adopt them out if no-one shows. This is not unsimilar to what SARA are already doing and, in principle, this is a wonderful service.
The problem is SARA have an abundance of posters and details of dogs that have been lost but have not been telling people to go and check these kennels as they didn't know it existed!!
Tias do not have a perrera (dog pound) and it was agreed five years ago that Tias would pay SARA 475 per annum to look after the stray dogs of their municipality. Tias have not paid SARA this miniscule amount for 2007 but have managed to pay the private firm 30,000
euros for the same service. The private firm dealt with 79 dogs wereas Sara looked after 77 dogs, 58 cats and sterilized 50 street cats from the Tias area last year.
This can't be right. I feel for the people who have lost their dogs, many of which will have been re-homed, probably in Germany but there is also the money aspect. SARA are tearing their hair out trying to make ends meet every month and Tias dish out 30,000 to someone doing exactly what SARA have been doing for years.
There is no justice.
* this was written as a personal point of view from a very hard working volunteer at the shelter and not an official statement from SARA.