A paraplegic stray dog was abandoned on a road in Macacos, in Nova Lima, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. Joiner Adrio Silva Melgao told how he rescued the animal. “We’re used to rescuing the dogs that people ‘throw away up here on the mountain,’” he said. “But this one was really, really sad. I was leaving the house with my wife, and my friend came on a motorcycle with the dog asking me for help. Imagine if we didn’t pass by and saw him? The poor thing would die of hunger and thirst, he can only crawl. We want to treat him worthy of a living being”, he added.
According to Adrio, the kitchen was found yesterday morning, at 7:30 am, in the entrance of a condominium under construction. “Perhaps the intention was that he would not be found at all,” he lamented. The carpenter lives with his wife and has a mini zoo at home. “Here at home, it’s my wife and I, plus about 50 chickens, 20 roosters, 5 cats and 3 dogs. We already take care of many, but we rescue them because we don’t have the courage to leave them on the street. My wife and I are very attached to animals, in fact, they are worth more than human beings. Of pure love indeed.”
According to the resident, a recent case was of a black mutt found on a road in Macacos without the movement of its hind legs, very thin and thirsty. “He can’t walk straight, he’s paralyzed. People are throwing the animals on the road anyway. We are no longer able to take care of it without this support”.
Note from City Hall
In a note, the Nova Lima City Hall informed that it has acted incisively to curb the practice of abandonment and mistreatment of animals in the city, including municipal legislation that typifies these crimes, authorizes the Municipal Civil Guard to act, establishes fines and conducts the offender police station for registration of incident report.
“In addition, (the City Hall) carries out several awareness campaigns on issues related to the issue, among them, responsible tutoring, and encourages the population to denounce these cases”.
Last year, “the City Hall established the Permanent Forum for the Animal Cause, which guarantees broad participation of civil society in actions related to the theme”.
“For the first time in the history of the city, it has invested effectively in the animal welfare policy, guaranteeing resources both for referral to veterinary medical care and for the castration service that, since 2021, has already performed more than 2,000 consultations in the city” .
Also in Macacos, residents observed the mistreatment of dogs that, according to them, “the owners are able to take care of”. However, when they denounced the Military Police, there was no return. “They ignore it, when we talk about animal abuse they totally ignore the complaint, they don’t even come”, commented Cassilene Ribeiro.
In contact with the State of Minesthe Nova Lima Military Police clarified that the complaints were forwarded to the Environmental Policing Command.
“The Military Environment Police Battalion through the 3rd Military Environment Police Platoon of Nova Lima, under the command of 2nd Lieutenant André, researched in the entrance hall of complaints about animal abuse in the Macacos region.
“The records of only two complaints from DDU 181 were found. In the year 2021, more precisely on 03/07 there was a complaint, and on 06/14/22 another complaint was filed, which is to be answered , referring to ill-treatment by means of a clandestine slaughterhouse”.
“As for the reports of ill-treatment due to abandonment, we add that to date no report has been filed with the 3rd Pel PM MAmb of Nova Lima”.
Frederico Fulgncio Caldas, a military firefighter and veterinarian by training, has lived in the region for 4 years and said that since he arrived, there have always been cases of abandonment. “We already made a box, there was also a monthly donation. We paid for a vet and even a temporary home.”
According to him, several vets support and help with material. The firefighter will also contribute to the situation of the paraplegic dog by donating food and making a wheelchair so that he can move around normally.
Frederico believes it is difficult to find those responsible and punish them. However, the main objective is to find people or places that can receive these rescued animals.
*Intern under the supervision of sub-editor Rafael Arruda