Tunja Mayor’s Office carried out a technical visit to two neighborhoods due to complaints of animals in street conditions

Tunja Mayor’s Office carried out a technical visit to two neighborhoods due to complaints of animals in street conditions
Tunja Mayor’s Office carried out a technical visit to two neighborhoods due to complaints of animals in street conditions

The Tunja Mayor’s Office team carried out a technical visit to Mirador Escandinavo in response to the animal welfare case reported on the Boyacá 95.6FM information system by city rescuers.

In response to the case, the territorial Secretary of the Environment, Nataly Callejas, indicated that the visit was carried out in conjunction with the Environmental Police, the technical team of the Animal Welfare unit, the Ministry of the Interior and Health, to the Mirador Escandinavo and Mirador Escandinavo neighborhoods. La Concepción in which similar formal complaints were made.

“The two cases were attended to in a comprehensive manner initially with a technical visit to evaluate the information that came through the media, which we initially learned about the case through this means, and through a complaint in which we were exposed to a case of overpopulation in both neighborhoods. … In these two visits, a first diagnostic examination was made of how many animals we have in each of the neighborhoods. And now comes work via the activation of the agreement to begin prioritizing certain services that we must develop,” stated the secretary.

In turn, he referred to the fact that protocols must be established regarding responsible ownership of animals that exist in each of the neighborhoods.

On the other hand, he assured that the Agreement with the Juan de Castellanos University Foundation will be operational in the coming days, since the project is already in the Contracting Secretariat. He also indicated that other proposals other than that of the Foundation were reviewed, however, this one was chosen.

“We, the Animal Welfare community, have been reviewing the proposals that different veterinary clinics, foundations and institutions have made to us… We require a shelter that has a transit capacity of 100 animals, which is more or less what the municipality of Tunja receives for different procedures from veterinary medical care, to abandoned animals, animals in a condition of abuse that must be retained. And we also need space to deal with the whole issue of livestock. In this way, because the facilities due to quality, due to suitability, were once again favorable towards the Juan de Castellanos University Foundation,” he noted.

Now, the Municipal Council is expected to approve additional resources for Animal Welfare in order to prioritize the sterilizations of street animals and create massive days for strata 1 and 2 in both rural and urban areas.

Finally, he referred to how formal complaints should be filed through the channel provided by the Mayor’s Office, which is via email: [email protected] or to the Police emergency line 123.

This allows “it to be monitored and it even becomes a monitoring issue for control entities that is very important for citizens to know and we will be responding in the terms of the law. It also allows us to provide care and follow-up visits,” she pointed out.

By: Angélica Vega

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