Dog owner’s lament


July 21

Five years ago I bought a house on the coast just south of Torrevieja and I have been very happy here with my little rescue dog, UNTIL this year!!!

This year we have a dog hating Mayor in Torrevieja! During the Covid months we were harassed endlessly by the officious Guardia Officers, sending us indoors whenever we emerged from our houses to walk our dogs!

With the slight easement of rules our dog hating Mayor closed the dog beach at Playa Flamenca and confined all dogs to a small, stony, dangerous inlet next to the Nautilus Restaurant!! Since then we have had constant Police Patrols to prevent dog owners using beaches or rocky areas anywhere around the coast! What a waste of police time and expertise! This begins to resemble very closely, a Police State!

DOG OWNERS – vote with your feet and your wallets! Spend your money where you feel welcome, and if Torrevieja feels the loss, so be it! We are many and we are being treated shabily in the Torrevieja area! We feel like third class citizens and this is our only recourse.

When Torrevieja votes out this Mayor and gets a more liberal one, I shall return with my oh so needed euros!

With best regards
Helen Heil

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  1. Helen, In the 1960’s I was registered by the British Kennel Club so believe I have some knowledge of our canine friends.Your little dog does not need to go for walkies on beaches.Indeed it is a bad place for them.Sand gets between their pads & causes intense irritation,peebles can be sharp & cut the pads,seawater is very bad for their coats.Perhaps you let him race around off the lead,just imagine the horror to other people if I let off my 4 German Shepherds.Spain used to have all dog free beaches until the British wore them down & they gave in.Do dog owners imagine the tide will wash away any poo their pet deposits or even think that a small child may well build a sand castle from sand containing urine.Your pet will be quite happy to be taken for a nice walk on a lead around streets & be able to be properly disciplined whilst doing so.I live further north than you & find the Dutch,Germans & Scandinavians who have used my Kennels,mostly agree that beaches should have remained dog free & indeed I believe are happy to spend their euros in Spain also.

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