Spanish authorities are investigating the recent deaths by poisoning of more than a dozen dogs in Lérida, Catalonia Spain.
All of the dogs were poisoned in September in the districts that are heavily populated by Muslim immigrants.
Over the past several months, residents taking their dogs for walks have been harassed by Muslim immigrants opposed to seeing the animals in public.
Muslims have launched a number of anti-dog campaigns on Islamic websites and blogs based in Spain.
Locals say Muslim immigrants killed the dogs because according to Islamic teaching dogs are “unclean” animals.
In response to the “lack of sufficient police to protect the neighbourhood,” 50 local residents have established alternating six-person citizen patrols to escort people walking their dogs.
In July, two Islamic groups based in Lérida asked city officials to regulate the presence of dogs in public spaces so they do not “offend Muslims.” Muslims are demanding that dogs be banned from all forms of public transportation including all city buses as well as from all areas frequented by Muslim immigrants.