Saturday, 28 March 2009

Spanish fly and leave their dogs behind

I've just done a radio interview with a talk radio station in Spain. I'm sure some of you will know David the Dogman the trainer. He has a regular show on animal issues and something came up as we were talking that I hadn't considered.
With the exchange rate against the Euro being so unfavourable a lot of ex-pats in Spain are finding their pensions 30% down and they are having to leave for the UK in a hurry. As it takes six months to get a pet passport, many pet dogs are being dumped.
Some are being put into kennels to sit out the wait, but kennel owners are finding after a couple of payments the money sometimes stops and the dogs are abandoned. Perhaps owners are getting back to the UK and finding their pensions stretched to the limits here too?
It's an effect of the credit crunch I hadn't heard of.

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