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PS Wants Stray Animal Helpline

In the Madeiran plenary, the entry into the ‘Order of the Day’ was made through a draft resolution, authored by the Socialist Party (PS), entitled ‘Creation of an emergency telephone number for stray animals,’ namely to provide a free telephone number where citizens can report animals found injured on public roads. 

Veterinarian, Tânia Freitas, presented the proposal saying that it is intended for stray animals, and appealed to all parties to put ideologies aside and unite in this concern. She went on to say that the problem exits because people do not know what to do, or who to call, when they find an injured animal. Agreeing that it will not solve the problem of stray animals roaming around the island’s streets, she said it will speed up the rescue of these animals and make all the difference between life and death. Also, by providing a dedicated rescue telephone number it will free up the island’s 112 emergency line. 

The proposal advocates a free telephone number, and the involvement of the Regional Government with municipalities and firefighters, in order to arrange for the adequate logistics for the creation of a animal welfare helpline.  

Samantha Gannon

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