Municipality of Leiria supports animal sterilisation

in World · 23-09-2019 09:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Municipality of Leiria is preparing a regulation aimed at supporting the sterilisation of stray cats or dogs, depending on the economic conditions of individuals or associations, said Councilwoman Ana Esperança.

"With the ban on the slaughter of animals, street abandonment increased and the municipal kennels are overcrowded. There are families who would not even mind keeping an animal they found on the street, but have no economic capacity and we want to support the sterilization," Ana Esperança explained to Lusa.

The councilwoman reminds that an animal can be a "good companion for the elderly", some also with economic needs, and that the "autarchy can help them".

The measure aims to encourage responsible animal adoption: "Sterilization of more animals will prevent their reproduction on the street. It will be good for them and for people," she added.

The opening of the procedure for the creation of a regulation was at the last executive meeting. This is a discussion and opinion-gathering phase so that the document is then finalized and taken to the new House meeting for approval.

"A well-defined budget and rules will have to be established," Ana Esperança said.

Almost 50 percent of municipalities have not yet installed their own services to care for and sterilize dogs and cats, with 136 Official Collection Centres (CRO) serving more than 150 municipalities, according to the Directorate-General for Food and Veterinary (DGAV).

"There are 136 CROs, including some that are intercity, serving more than 150 municipalities [out of 308]," DGAV told Lusa, indicating that the Official Collection Centres are under the supervision of the City Councils or the Intermunicipal Communities.


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