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8 The Portugal News •  23 Mar 2019                                 News



      Seventeen dogs ‘drugged and dumped’ in Loures



      Over a dozen dogs are believed to have been sedated and abandoned in the Lisbon district municipality of Loures, a
      situation that was denounced by the president of the animal protection association ‘Chão dos Bichos’, Ana Sousa.

                                                                                              “In this case, where no deaths  increase in the current capacity,
                                                                                              were recorded, we think the dogs  but also the creation of a cattery,
                                                                                              were drugged for some reason,  which had until now been non-
                                                                                              but it did not go as planned, and  existent.
                                                                                              then they were dumped”.      In addition to these investments,
                                                                                              Given the distance between the  with implementation in the first
                                                                                              places of abandonment and the  half of this year, the budget for
                                                                                              spot where the São Francisco  2019 includes funds for the
                                                                                              pack is located, Ana Sousa   development of a new municipal
                                                                                              believes that “the owner’s   kennel in Loures.
                                                                                              intention would not have been to  Fabian Figueiredo, national Left
                                                                                              abandon the dogs to prevent  Bloc leader and candidate for the
                                                                                              them from returning otherwise  City Council of Loures in the last
                                                                                              they would not have been left in  municipal elections, said he has
                                                                                              these places”.               already asked the council for
                                                                                              The animals received care from  clarification on this matter,
                                                                                              the association, but given the  adding “the political inability with
                                                                                              “very fragile” situation the refuge  which animal-related matters are
                                                                                              is in, they had to be returned.  treated in the municipality of
                                                                                              The incident was reported by the  Loures, is regrettable.
                                                                                              association to the Lisbon PSP  “Animals are being murdered in
                                                                                              police’s Department of Animal  the county, the municipal
                                                                                              Defence, but “there was no   executive has successively
                                                                                              investigation because, according  postponed the construction of the
                                                                                              to them, there was not enough  new kennel, and failed to find a
                                                                                              evidence” for one to be      solution for the Chão dos Bichos
                                                                                              conducted, Ms. Sousa said.   association” in this instance, he
      The Chão dos Bichos association this week said 17 dogs were drugged and dumped in the Loures area.
      The Chão dos Bichos association this week said 17 dogs were drugged and dumped in the Loures area.
      The Chão dos Bichos association this week said 17 dogs were drugged and dumped in the Loures area.
      The Chão dos Bichos association this week said 17 dogs were drugged and dumped in the Loures area.  Loures Municipal Council was  slammed.
      The Chão dos Bichos association this week said 17 dogs were drugged and dumped in the Loures area.
      (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
      (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)                                                           also contacted by the association
      (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
      (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
      (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                                                              but was told that the council
              ccording to Ms. Sousa,  Lusa News Agency that the  António neighbourhood and a  could not do anything because  Portimão fire-
              whose association took  animals are from a pack from  volunteer was sent to tend to  the municipal kennel is
              some of the drugged   the São Francisco            them, Ana Sousa explained.   overcrowded, according to the
       Adogs in to check them       neighbourhood in Camarate,   The remaining eight dogs were  Despite attempts by Chão dos brigade
                                                                                              Mayor.
       over, they were dumped in the  which is already known to local  dropped in Quinta do Mocho.
       Santo António neighbourhood in  organisations.            Ms. Sousa recalled that “two  Bichos to expose the severity of
       the parish of Camarate, Unhos e  They were spotted staggering  weeks ago, dogs killed by  the situation through videos and  Algarve’s
       Apelação, and also in Quinta do  around late last Thursday night  poisoning were found in the  photographs, the council, which
       Mocho, in the parish of Sacavém  and early Friday morning.  county” but it is “not known what  employs a municipal vet,
       e Prior Velho.               Nine dogs – eight males and one  they died from and that is  reportedly suggested that “one of  busiest
       The association president told  female – were found in the Santo  unrelated to this latest incident”.  the dogs should be taken for tests
                                                                                              and exams at the Lusofona    Portimão fire-fighters
                                                                                                                           Portimão fire-fighters
                                                                                                                           Portimão fire-fighters
                                                                                                                           Portimão fire-fighters
                                                                                                                           Portimão fire-fighters
                                                                                              University”, but by then they had
                                                                                                                           responded to 20 percent
                                                                                                                           responded to 20 percent
                                                                                                                           responded to 20 percent
                                                                                                                           responded to 20 percent
                                                                                              already come around.         responded to 20 percent
       Congratulations!                                                                       Contacted by Lusa News Agency, more accidents last year inmore accidents last year in
                                                                                                                           more accidents last year in
                                                                                                                           more accidents last year in
                                                                                                                           more accidents last year in
                                                                                              Loures Council said that this
                                                                                                                           comparison to the year
                                                                                                                           comparison to the year
                                                                                                                           comparison to the year
                                                                                                                           comparison to the year
                                                                                              situation “was the result of illegal  comparison to the year
                                                                                                                           before.
                                                                                                                           before.
                                                                                                                           before.
                                                                                                                           before.
       Thank you to everyone who completed The Portugal News Readers                          abandonment, in which the    before.
                                                                                              technique used was sedation of  Regionally, the Portimão
       Survey and to those who also entered our free prize draw.                              the animals” and, “as it is a  brigade was the one that
                                                                                              punishable crime, it will be  responded to the most call-outs
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