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The PSOE will create a Department of Protection and Animal Welfare in Sewer to promote measures of zoonoses and campaigns against the mistreatment of pets (08/05/2019)

The PSOE has announced that in the next term will promote the creation of a Department of Animal Welfare and Protection in the City of Alcantarilla with the aim of enhancing public policies related to responsible pet ownership, as well as reduce cases of abuse and neglect .

For the design of this Department, the Socialist Party has taken as reference the models implemented by the consistories of Torrevieja, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela and Cox and has also received technical advice from Raquel López, a lawyer who is in charge of the Entity of Specialized Training in Animal Law 'Deanimals'.

"This new area would be responsible for managing zoonoses measures to prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, in addition to establishing a protocol for action in case of mistreatment or abandonment of pets and would be responsible for regulating the application of law 6 / 2017 of protection and defense of the companion animals of the Region of Murcia ", as the socialist candidate for mayor, Francisco Saavedra, advances.

This new Council that is included in the electoral program will also be responsible for regulating the cat colonies applying the so-called method 'ces' (capture, sterilization and release of stray cats) because the law 6/2017 establishes that it is the municipalities that are take care of it.

"It will also carry out awareness campaigns in schools and among the population, through talks and workshops, to avoid pet abandonment and animal abuse, in addition to encouraging adoption and responsible pet ownership," adds Saavedra. .

The project designed by the PSOE for the creation of this Department of Protection and Animal Welfare, will bring the implementation in the old cattle market of a municipal shelter to accommodate lost, abandoned and battered pets.

The data collected by the PSOE after consulting sewer veterinarians, reveal that in the locality, every year, an average of ten pets are mistreated and one hundred dogs are abandoned by their owners or are lost.

The cattle market is municipal property and presents optimal conditions to house a space designed to house animals, as it extends over 15,000 square meters of land with perimeter wall, access control, has a property and an area with roof, among other spaces.

"The old cattle market is abandoned and could host this shelter, not only because of its characteristics, but also because of its location, since it could become a center of reference for surrounding populations because it is close to the highway that goes to the Northwest and Cartagena ", underlines the candidate.

In municipalities such as Jumilla and Yecla have already launched a shelter for pets and in the case of Sewer, its creation, would prevent the outsourcing of collection service for abandoned, lost or mistreated animals, which is currently provided by a Crevillente company , for an annual cost of between 8,000 euros and 9,000 euros.

The figure of the Animal Defender

Saavedra emphasizes that this Department would not involve a cost of personnel to the City Council because there is a municipal veterinarian and qualified technicians.

"From this new area, volunteering could be promoted and the implementation of the Animal Defender figure, which is used in Portugal, and which would be carried out by a qualified person with experience in animal welfare and protection, to deal with mediation in cases of mistreatment and abandonment of pets, besides being in charge of finding quick and ethical solutions to improve situations that affect some neighborhoods such as feline colonies. "

Raquel López, lawyer who is in charge of the Entity of Specialized Training in Animal Law 'Deanimals', has shown his support to the PSOE Sewer for the implementation at the City Council of a specific area of ​​Protection and Animal Welfare: "Pets they are one more member of the families and the town councils must adapt to the new needs of society. "

Lopez recalls that from this area could also be implemented "24-hour veterinary assistance for animals run over, injured or sick who have no known owner and who roam the streets, as has already done the City Council Pilar de la Horadada."

It could also be studied, according to the lawyer, to give training courses on the management of feline colonies.

Source: PSOE Alcantarilla

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