European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals


TWO LETTERS SENT BY PAULO CASACA, PRESIDENT OF THE EP INTERGROUP


To the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing
Mr. Jaime Silva
Ministry of Agriculture

Brussels 16 June 2005
Ref. PC/ae/012a/2005

Dear Minister Jaime Silva,

Re: Neglected dogs in Beliche (Algarve)

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals regarding the state of abandonment of a pack of dogs being kept by a hunter near the water reservoir of Beliche, Algarve.

The dogs (initially twenty-eight) are chained in an open field, without protection from the elements. They have no access to clean water or regular feedings of a suitable diet.

In April 2005, the local authorities were asked to intervene. After their visit on the site the owner released 18 of the most traumatized dogs. Some of them had been supposedly stolen. The remaining ten dogs however, still remain in the owner's custody and continue to live in the most awful conditions.

We would urge you to ensure that these animals are relocated to a safer environment that complies with Portugal's animal protection requirements.

Moreover, I would ask you to inquire at the local authorities if the supposedly stolen dogs have been returned to their initial owners. How was it possible to trace the initial owners and who will monitor on the dogs' future welfare? What consequences faces the "dog-field" owner?

What are your intentions to assure a better monitoring that would stop this kind of animal abuse in future?

I thank you for your consideration in this matter and look forward to hearing from you in due course.


Yours sincerely



Paulo Casaca
President of the EP Intergroup
pcasaca@europarl.eu.int

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President of the Municipality of Castro Marim
Mr. José Fernandes Estevens
Câmara Municipal de Castro Marim
Apartado 10
8950 Castro Marim
Portugal

Brussels 16 June 2005
Ref. PC/ae/012b/2005


Dear José Fernandes Estevens

Re: Neglected dogs in Beliche (Algarve)

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals regarding the state of abandonment of a pack of dogs being kept by a hunter near the water reservoir of Beliche, Algarve.

The dogs (initially twenty-eight) are chained in an open field, without protection from the elements. They have no access to clean water or regular feedings of a suitable diet.

In April 2005, the local authorities were asked to intervene. After their visit on the site the owner released eighteen of the most traumatized dogs. Some of them had been supposedly stolen. The remaining ten dogs however, still remain in the owner' custody and continue to live under the most awful conditions.

We would urge you to ensure that these animals are relocated to a safer environment that complies with Portugal's animal protection requirements.

Moreover, I would ask you if the supposedly stolen dogs have been returned to their initial owners. How was it possible to trace the initial owners and who will monitor on the dogs' future welfare? What consequences faces the "dog-field" owner?

What are your intentions to assure a better monitoring that would stop this kind of animal abuse in future?

I thank you for your consideration in this matter and look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely


Paulo Casaca
President of the EP Intergroup

pcasaca@europarl.eu.int