People putting food out for stray or abandoned animals risk fines of between €30 and €150

It’s already against the law to feed wild, stray and abandoned animals, but now Santa Cruz has become the first Ayuntamiento to issue fines for those who put food out for them.

Fines of between 30 and 150 Euros will be issued, on the grounds of hygiene, though some might think that with the numbers of people feeding these animals, it’s an easy way for the Ayuntamiento to raise some money. If so, Santa Cruz will merely lead where other areas are sure to follow.

The Council reminded residents that it was also against the law to use private or communal property to feed strays, and that it intended to enforce the law in order to ensure the city’s streets were not converted into rubbish dumps, and to guarantee minimum sanitary and hygiene conditions. LO

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