October 20, 2012
I am writing to tell you that in Belinho, a locality in the municipality
of Esposende, Portugal there are a number of cases of mistreatment of
animals. Dogs living in cages little bigger than its size without the
minimum hygiene conditions, sub-fed, deprived of freedom. Dogs who are
beaten, because the owner is drunk. Dogs and horses found dead or murdered
by their owners. Cows, horses and donkeys stuck with the legs attached to
The situation is so horrible that a tv reporter went there
and got shocked with the situation. Although telling the story everything
remained the same.
Please note Dear Sirs. / Madames: the cases have
been reported during these last three years to the municipal veterinarian,
the town hall, the DVG (General Veterinary Directorate), SEPNA Service
(Nature Conservation) of Barcelinhos and to other main responsibilities .
Yet it all remains the same: the animals have not been rescued; only some
fines were passed.
The Municipal Veterinary Jose Armando Cruz
Carvalho, despite knowing the situations in which these animals live does
nothing to change the situation. When asked about the denunciations, he
reveals the complains to the owners, jeopardizing the safety of these
animals. He does nothing to help improve the conditions of these animals
besides receiving taxes from the owners. The vet prefers to maintain a good
relationship with the villagers rather than to perform his duties. The vet
and others responsible when confronted with the allegations say that the
cases are being examined by SEPNA but the truth is the animals remain in the
same conditions, living a tortuous life.
It is SEPNA responsibility
to intervene in these situations, but the veterinarian and the City Hall
limited SEPNA to pass fines.
I believe that only with the help of the
media these animals can be saved. This situation has already crossed borders
and many are the persons who contest this but it never ends because when the
owners of these animals lose them, they will seek others to go through the
same situations of mistreatment.
Mr. Mayor of Esposende sent an
e-mail (to some of the contesters including me) threatening with a process
of criminal defamation for having sent an e-mail to him, the DGV and SEPNA
contesting and appealing to get the situation solved. It would not be worth
spending more effort and money to help animals and raise awareness ...
I ask You to please investigate and report this.
We are a group
of people trying to actively solve the situation but we have nothing else we
can do without help.
Please help us be the voice of these animals.
I do not know the situation personally, but I know the
person who made the complaint.