Animal wandering: the only culprits are ‘irresponsible owners’, claims TCO

Regarding animal wandering, the TCO notes in a press release that “the only culprits are the irresponsible owners of these dogs and cats who let them roam.”

TCO . Press Release

The anti-roaming operation, which was carried out this weekend by the TCO and the state, with the help of EPCIs, may be cause for concern, but its main objective was to respond and call out the real “culprits”. , owners are not responsible!

When we decide to take an animal, it is necessary to take care of it, take care of it and love it, and this is for several years. It is not a game, a whim, or a desire. We are committed for at least 10 – 15 years.

For several years TCO, like other urban communities, has been working on raising awareness, in schools, during events, door-to-door, etc. Repeat messages of responsibility placed on animal owners: identification, care, sterilization, hugs, food, …

29 captured dogs will not be killed!

On the contrary, they will be returned to their owners and for others, they will be cared for, identified and sterilized to be then handed over to the associations with a view to adoption.

“The priority in this process was to ensure everyone’s safety. Packs of stray dogs are a real problem that we absolutely cannot underestimate. Children, pedestrians, residents and cyclists are not in danger. Security when they encounter dogs in groups, becomes aggressive. The number of reports continues to our toll-free number. On the increase. We cannot sit idly by!”, identified Emmanuel Serafin, President of TCO.

“Since the second day of the operation, we noticed that there were much fewer dogs on the streets. The owners understood the messages and finally kept their dogs at home! We thank the municipality partners and municipalities who were quickly mobilized for the operation”continued.

We do not attack dogs but dog owners! From now on, state services and TCO mayors through their municipal police will systematically enforce laws and fine stray dog ​​owners.

In addition, a working seminar on the problem of animal roaming will be organized for all players soon. The main goal is to find solutions and standardize actions. This topic concerns us all: Communities, citizens and businesses, we must work together.

The construction of a future animal shelter in the West will not be able to solve the wanderings of animals in the West. Capacity is limited to about sixty places for dogs and cats.

Until then, the municipal police will be equipped with detectors that will allow them to check whether animals have been identified; Hunting operations will be improved (number on call for law enforcement, night/early evening/early morning interventions); The share of associations for free sterilization will be increased.

Ongoing actions will continue:

– transfer of reserved animals to voluntary associations (104 animals in the process of adoption thanks to this system in 2022);

– joint awareness-raising operations with the municipal police to prevent curfews;

– Awareness of the population from door to door, in schools and in events related to animal roaming…

It must be remembered that 1.7 million euros are allocated annually to combat the wandering of animals in the West.

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It works on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2022

• 12 dogs captured in La Saline and a stray dog ​​recalled

for the owner on the site;

• 6 dogs are back on Tan Rouge with one call to order a stray dog ​​to

site owner

• 11 dogs in Bel Air and 3 stray dog ​​law reminders

Other main characters

From reports to the toll-free number related to animal roaming (i.e. about 6,300 requests/year).

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