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New kennel to be constructed in Faro

Faro Câmara is due to develop a project to build the first municipal kennel in the area.

At present, the welfare of stray animals in Faro is assured by the municipal veterinary and partnerships the Câmara has developed with animal associations and the São Francisco de Assis kennels in Loulé.

The need to construct a municipal kennel in Faro has been brought to light recently following the case of a dog that was hit by a car in the area and had to be transferred to the Loulé kennels.

The injured animal had to remain at the Faro Fire Department headquarters, where it was sedated and waited hours until the municipal vet transported it to the São Francisco de Assis kennels, as reported by the Correio da Manhã newspaper.

A spokesman from Faro Câmara told the Algarve Resident: “We have a protocol with São Francisco de Assis kennels who take in Faro animals in cases like these.

“We know we have to improve our services in this area, not only to help stray dogs but also to safeguard public health. That is why we are currently working on a project to build a municipal kennel.”

Meanwhile, left wing political party Bloco de Esquerda (BE) proposed in Parliament that the policy to control the stray animal population be changed.

A spokesman from BE told the Algarve Resident: “The current policy at municipal kennels and catteries shows that the country still follows a slaughter regime in order to control the stray population.

“This policy contradicts the values of the European Convention for the

Protection of Pet Animals and the principles of animal welfare.”

The political party has called for the government to become more active in the matter and promote a no-kill policy towards stray animals by strengthening the supervision and licensing of kennels.

“The government needs to develop re-homing initiatives as well as promote the sterilisation of stray animals as an effective way of controlling the stray population,” said the spokesman. P.S.