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Dogs Found in Appalling Conditions

This week, the Associação Ajuda a Alimentar Cães requested the intervention of the Public Security Police (PSP) at a house in Cancela where twice, since January, several dogs have been found in unsanitary conditions.

The Association stated on their social media that since “January, they found adult dogs and puppies living in unhygienic conditions in a private property in Cancela.” During their first visit it was decided that the association would help the owner clean the area where the dogs were kept.  At the same time they asked for the “the for help from the Funchal City Council in removing a mother and her new-born puppies from the site, which they did. In addition, another female would be sterilised and the owner was tasked with keeping the area clean.”

Yesterday, the Association returned to the property and, surprisingly found that the female which was supposed to have been sterilised had eight puppies and the space was in a disgusting condition.

The Association called the PSP to visit the property and informed one of the veterinarians at the Funchal City Council of the situation. They also pointed out that they do not have the funds to pay for additional treatment as they already have 19 animals at the clinic who are fighting for their lives.  However, they have removed the puppies.”

“The Associação is committed, with great difficulty, to deworming animals, chipping all offspring and sterilizing all females in their care when 6 months old. The expenses that we incur with these puppies will be around €510.”

The Associação added that “it was the commitment, via telephone call, of the Funchal City Council to go to the place later this week to pick up the female to be sterilised”.

The case has been handed over to the PSP and the Funchal City Council, and the association expects these entities to “resolve this situation as soon as possible.”

Samantha Gannon

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