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The initiative will include a demonstration by the local police canine unit, a drawing competition for children and a dog show

Tony Bryant

Torremolinos Town Hall has planned a series of different activities to mark World Dog Day, which takes place on Thursday, July 21. The initiative was created in 2004 to honor our four-legged friends and raise awareness of animal rights.

The activities will begin in Plaza Federico García Lorca at 10.30 a.m., when the local police canine unit, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will offer an exhibition on the obedience, skills and intelligence of the police dogs of the unity.

This will be followed at noon by an award ceremony for a drawing competition, an initiative in which any local child aged four to 13 can participate in a dog-themed drawing. Contest entries must be received by Tuesday, July 19. The drawing must be made on the model available on the website www.deportes.torremolinos.es

The day’s activities will conclude with a dog show in Plaza Picasso, which will begin at 6 p.m. The show will include categories for the most obedient, original and elegant dog.

Members and volunteers from the animal welfare centre, Animal Domus, will be on hand to raise awareness of the growing problem of pet abandonment and to offer advice on adoption.

According to the World Health Organization, there are over 300 million dogs in the world, of which approximately 70% are homeless.