Current Affairs
Action will start being taken against owners who leave dogs tied up for long periods of time

A law which was passed last year that dogs cannot be tied up for long periods of time will lead to action being against dog owners who break this law.  This was stated during an event in which 11 animal sanctuaries where given €25,000 between them from a Government grant.

Three months after the new law came into effect, action will now start being taken against those who keep their dogs tied up too long. This was confirmed to TVM by the Director of the Animal Welfare Department, Noel Montebello who said that this law provides for fines and even a prison sentence.

“We are strengthening enforcement and already have some cases which will be brought to Court.”

Mr Montebello said that this law has brought new challenges for the department because of some cases where dog owners have let their pets run around in the streets. He said that these dogs are picked up and some of them are then adopted.

“Last year we managed to have 600 dogs adopted which is a phenomenal number”.

Mr Montebello said that officials from the Department of Animal Welfare respond to around 2,000 calls per year to rescue animals, ranging from dogs to hedgehogs. He said that some of them are treated at the animal hospital in Ta’ Qali and are later taken to l-Għammieri.

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Secretary Responsible for Animal Rights, Clint Camilleri distributed €25,000 to 11 animal sanctuaries. These funds cover the expenses of the veterinary services required by the animals which live at these sanctuaries. The money was issued after the information provided by the sanctuaries had been verified.

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