Councilwoman denounces alleged cases of abuse at the Municipal Kennel

One of the complaints says that two dogs would be locked in cages with little space (Photo: Reproduction/Social networks councilor Kátia Franco)

Councilwoman Kátia Franco (Protetor – PSC) denounced, on Sunday (3), alleged new cases of animal abuse at the Juiz de Fora Municipal Kennel. On a visit to the unit, the parliamentarian claims to have caught two dogs trapped in a cage with little room for movement. According to the complaint, one of them remained in prison for about ten days, while the other had been in prison for five days. The councilor also criticized that there would be a lack of employees in the kennel, which would be causing exhaustion to the workers who still work in the unit. As published by the parliamentarian, she was in the kennel together with the president of the Animal Protection Council (Compa), Michele Patrícia, after receiving a complaint by the agency, and caught the situation involving the two dogs. The councilor recalls that it is a crime to “practice an act of abuse, mistreatment, injure or mutilate wild, domestic or domesticated, native or exotic animals”, an offense that carries from three months to one year in prison, in addition to a fine. According to Kátia Franco, the imprisonment of animals in small spaces, without them being able to move, is part of the situation of mistreatment.

The councilor still questions what would be the low number of employees in the kennel. According to her, 16 workers were removed from the unit and only five vacancies would have been filled. The insufficiency in the number of workers would imply a lack of greater care in the place, according to the parliamentarian. “Many employees left because the contract ended. Employees are exhausted, because one person does the work of three or four”, says Kátia Franco in an interview with Rádio Transamérica Juiz de Fora this Monday morning.

According to the parliamentarian, since the complaints against the kennel registered in January, the conditions at the place have presented “timid improvements”. “Although the number of employees has decreased, it is cleaner there. Some things have improved, but still far from the ideal minimum,” she says.

PJF criticizes ‘invasion’

In a note, the Juiz de Fora City Hall (PJF) classified the entry of councilor Kátia Franco and the president of Compa as an “invasion”. “The fact is repeated in date and format, again embarrassing the public servant on duty”, says the Executive. The PJF states that the isolated animals are of the Pitbull and Rottweiler breed, which would have been taken to the kennel by the Fire Department, “even aware that there would be no vacancy in the place and knowing that, as they are attack dogs and pose a risk to others, , would have to remain in the cage”. Still, City Hall says the dogs “are being well taken care of.”

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The PJF also reaffirmed that there was embarrassment to servers and “spectacularization of accusations” that “in no way contribute to the animal cause and to the Municipal Kennel”. The Executive also criticized what he called the “political use” of the situation and guaranteed that it takes care “with all zeal for the overcrowding of the space, with food, medicine and treatment”.

Constant criticism and CPI request

Complaints against the structural conditions of the Municipal Kennel have been recurrent this year. In January, councilor Kátia Franco called the Military Police and rescued four dogs from the site. At the time, the parliamentarian still indicated a lack of space and adequate treatment. At the time, the images released by her showed, for example, dozens of dogs barking in the wings reserved for them, and some animals, including cats and a mare, in situations of possible neglect.

In the same month, the Civil Police visited the unit and pointed out that the stalls were overcrowded, lack of adequate separation between animals, abandonment, lack of food and the existence of seven dead animals placed in ration bags inside a freezer. The situation led to the dismissal of the then manager of the Municipal Kennel, Rondônia Muniz.

The issue was still discussed at a public hearing in February and there was movement to open a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) to determine responsibilities. However, there was no support from a third of the 19 councilors to install the CPI, as is necessary in this case.

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