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Madrid bans euthanasia of homeless dogs and becomes a no-kill city

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | March 24, 2015

On March 12, 2015 the Madrid Assembly passed a historic bill banning the "slaughter of stray animals." The new law will make pet abandonment and the euthanasia of homeless dogs illegal in Madrid, Spain's capital and largest city. The political groups of all parties came together in a unanimous decision.

El Refugio, a Spanish animal rescue and advocacy group, said the new law came in response to public demand.

"Today is one of the happiest days of our lives,” said El Refugio’s President Nacho Paunero. "[Our organization] has been fighting for 19 years to make Madrid and the surrounding areas no-kill. We said we would never stop fighting until accomplishing our goal and we have finally done it!"

They thanked all the locals, members and volunteers who signed their petitions and helped support their efforts. With the slogan "La Muerte, Ha Muerto"  ("Death is dead!") animal advocates celebrated a long-sought after victory in the streets of Madrid.