The 58-year-old man went on a personal crusade to clear the streets of dogs because of the cost of cleaning up their excrement
After a four-year investigation, Spanish police arrested a man who allegedly left dog food streaked with needles, killing two animals and injuring dozens more.
The 58-year-old man was conducting a personal crusade in the northern Spanish city of Ourense to clear the streets of man’s best friend, police said.
In 2017, the man reportedly started leaving cards in bars saying dogs should be taken off the streets because of the cost of cleaning up their excrement.
Just named Manuel A., he joined a WhatsApp group run by dog owners and posted the message: “It’s time to get you off the street. Buy a piece of land and let your pet loose on it. Public money doesn’t have to end up in your dog’s ass. “
Last year he allegedly started dropping dog food as bait with pins, killing two dogs and injuring a number of other animals.
If convicted of mistreating animals, he could face fines of up to 30,000 euros (25,000 pounds sterling).
The city has seen a dog population explosion in recent years, with 84,000 registered dogs in 2020, three times as many children.