British expat in Spain banned from feeding stray cats

Published:  7 Jun at 2 PM
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A British expat who has been banned by her town hall from feeding stray cats is fighting back in a bid to overturn the ruling.

Kelly Dooley, 44, was told by Benalmadena Town Hall that she was no longer allowed to lay food out for the cats that roam around Paloma Park.

However, Dooley, originally from London, is not happy with the ruling and has already gathered 2,000 signatories on her petition to reverse the decision.
Dooley said that she couldn’t believe they would make such an unjust call, pointing out that she had worked so hard to save the cats for the past seven years. There are currently 55 stray cats in Paloma Park that she cares for.

The kind Brit has invested large sums of money in the Costa del Sol town that has led to the reduction in the number of abandoned pets, while she has also rescued many without homes.

She explained that she had saved the lives of more than 100 cats, but that she was now worried they would starve or that the town hall might even cull them.
Dooley began an awareness initiative in February after one of the poor cats in the park suffered a voodoo-style assassination in which its heart was cut out.

There are 150,000 pets left to fend for themselves on the streets of Spain each year, with one being abandoned every three minutes, according to Observatorio de la Fundacion Affinity, an animal rights group.
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