Animal activist maintains the need for the regulisation of dog breeding

Major animal activist Rosalind Agius has warned that the irregular breeding of animals, especially dogs, is causing animal cruelty.

Starved animals, some without eyes and others with a broken jaw were among the animals confiscated at Birżebbuġa and taken to the Assoċjazzjoni tal-Annimali Abbandunati (AAA) Sanctuary.

A week after scores of dogs were confiscated by the Department for Animal Welfare and their owner charged with animal cruelty, a Television Malta crew visited the AAA Shelter which took under its care more than 44 dogs removed from a residence in Birżebbuġa.

Rosalind Agius said that Julia was found in the residence where about 50 dogs were suffering great abuse. She was found to have a skin infection, is blind in both eyes and was suffering from broken bones but fortunately has now found shelter in the Birżebbuġa Sanctuary after suffering great abuse.

Rosalind opined this episode sheds great light on a tendency that is growing in Malta – that of the irregular breeding of dogs for money-making purposes.

She said that breeding should be regulated and licenced. Rosalind said everything at the Sanctuary is licenced and a Government vet regularly makes checks and this is how it should be. Seeing a dog with a broken tail and infected eyes, this is worse than total abandonment. Abuses are great and are continually experienced.

Through our News Centre she appealed for regulatory changes so that innocent creatures are not subject to a limbo of pain to the detriment of their health.

She said that in last week’s case the Court ordered that all the dogs be confiscated but the owner refused to release them to officials and therefore a mandate had to be obtained to ensure their confiscation.

Antonio Vella was found guilty of having maintained dogs in a bad state at his property in Żejtun and other dogs being found in his property at Birżebbuġa.