Would you believe that Malaga is saying here that anyone feeding homeless, lost or abandoned animals risks a fine of 500 euros!! That's an outrage! Spain is supposedly a civilised country!! Part of the European Union! There seems to be no sanction against those who abandon or abuse the animals but a 500 euro fine for anyone who dares to help them here. This is the reality in Malaga, Spain today. Spain, the land of bull-fighting and fines for feeding helpless animals.
Seemingly this law exists in most EU countries, including Portugal. It's an attempt to make people call authorities to pick up stray animals and take them to kennels, instead of supporting them on the streets and let them roam. A law that would only make sense if there where decent, no-kill shelters for all. It's hardly ever enforced, people just carry out helping as usual.
Never doubt that your help in giving dogs from here a home is invaluable.