As The Local reported last week, the town of Torrelodones has dumped an inflatable giant poo in a public square as part of a campaign to rid its streets of dog mess.
The blow-up sculpture, which is three metres wide and over two metres high, was installed in the town square of Torrelodones last month to serve as a reminder to pet-owners to clean up after their pooches.
But at the weekend the inflatable excrement went missing.
"A public awareness campaign launched by Torrelodones council in the hope of making residents collect dog excrement has achieved its greatest success," joked a spokesman for the town hall.
"Because even the inflatable representing a giant turd has been 'cleaned up'."
But town authorities confirmed that they would continue the campaign undeterred at the loss of the €2,416 sculpture.
"Despite this disappearance we will restart the campaign next week once the company that designed the inflatable provides a new one," they said.
The inflatable had been accompanied by the sign: "This is one of the greatest obstacles to community spirit in our town. If you own a dog, please help us."
Authorities in the town of 22,000 residents in the foothills of the Sierra Norte just 25 km northwest of the capital claim that council services have to rid the streets of up to half a ton of faeces left by irresponsible dog owners each day.
"Torrelodones has around 6,000 dogs and let’s say they do an average of three dumps a day, that is around 15,000 separate poos producing some 500kg of excrement a day. Many owners just don’t pick up," Ángel Guirao, spokesman for the town council explained.
"That is more or less what this inflatable represents, the amount of poo left on the streets across the town each day. We are asking dog owners, in a fun and non-aggressive way, to realize the importance of clearing up after their pets."
Residents in the town had been encouraged to take selfies alongside the ‘giant poo’ and post the photos on social media with the hashtag #nomascacas – No more poos.
The council posted a new photo with the missing turd: