A British expat living in Spain has raised concerns for the safety of his dogs after finding shotgun shells on his land.

The expat, posting anonymously on the UK Expat forum, said while living in the campo, the Spanish equivalent of the countryside, they found empty shotgun shells and recently had to tell Spanish men to leave their land after showing up to shoot small animals. .

In an article titled “Spanish hunters in the campo”, the person expressed concern about having multiple dogs as people shoot near their homes.

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He said people showed up at his property and started letting pot shots at little birds and wanted to ask other local expats about it as he may not be unaware that’s a common theme across the country.

The person said: “When I looked around my land I found a shotgun shell. My partner’s dad must have told someone to get lost who just came from arrived in our alley and started shooting at the little birds. Is this normal in the camp?

“I heard it’s a tradition and sparrows and little birds are a Spanish delicacy. I can’t believe people are running into your yard with a gun. I don’t want to my dogs getting shot if they don’t like random people with guns running across the country.”

Another expat shared his thought behind the strange occurrences, saying that in this particular area there is a lack of fences and perimeters that allow people to determine what land they are on.

The person also said that hunters are actually not allowed within 300 yards of a residence, with the person often having to remind nearby residents to back off when they scour his land for rabbits.

They added: ‘On our way we can’t do much to stop them from cutting/crossing and as they’ve been doing it for donkey years we tend to accept it, it’s not often anyway. We don’t have dogs but their dogs will approach quite close to the house even if the hunters are far away.”

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The expat who wrote the initial post later responded with his thoughts on the amount of guns available in Spain, adding: “It just seems silly to shoot tiny birds with a powerful shotgun. Like shooting a rabbit with a rocket launcher. Everyone seems to have guns in the country.”

They then added another comment to the forum post after talking to a friend in the area, who told them they had had run-ins with hunters before, but after exchanging details never again visited their land.

They added: “I spoke to a friend who lives in the area. He said he had hunters on and near his land. He just told them to give them his number and said that they were ok to shoot as long as they warned him he can lock up dogs and cattle he said they never came back after that he also warned me not to report them or whatever either because they can make your life difficult.