Visitors of Parque das Sucupiras fear dogs loose in the place

posted on 07/04/2022 18:27 / updated 07/04/2022 18:28

(credit: Paulo Martins)

The Sucupiras Ecological Park Association (Apes) questions the good use by users who leave dogs loose in the park located in the Southwest. Even with warnings from authorities and structural changes, tutors have ignored the indications, maintaining a conduct that can harm other users, in addition to being outside the law.

The problem comes from the fencing of the park. Even with the presence of signs, caregivers defy military authorities, according to the association’s report. “There are recurring risk situations for families, children and elderly people, who are no longer attending this Conservation Unit”, reports the founding president of Apes, Fernando de Castro Lopes.

As with the installation of the signs, the Instituto Brasília Ambiental (Ibram) welded the park’s gates, installed padlocks and a banner prohibiting the practice — all actions were undone and vandalized by the guardians, as the park association reports.

President Fernando de Castro Lopes talks about violent behavior on the part of those responsible for pets. “The tutors shout insults at those who complain about these acts and once again let the animals free inside the park. Faced with the omission of the authorities, we are filing official letters demanding effective actions, at the Ibram Ombudsman and at the Public Ministry”, he complains.

A management plan was opened approximately a month ago to seek improvements in the conditions of use of the site. Fernando complains about the tutors’ reaction when they contacted the association. “They were very aggressive, we couldn’t communicate. If tutors want the parcão (a space suitable for pets), they must defend their proposal in the Management Plan. There will be space for everyone to participate, but this does not authorize them to occupy the park from now on, before any decision and structuring for it, breaking the law and threatening the safety of residents”, he contests.

Digital marketing analyst and tutor Patrícia Vieira, 32, disagrees with Fernando’s complaint. “The guy complains because a lot of people get together around 5:30 pm and several dogs stay there. They leave waste, but the lack of trash cans gets in the way. Some tutors collect the feces, but there should be a trash can”, she says. Patricia agrees with the space dedicated to canines. “This has a solution, I think there should be a fence of them. I had to make a little square there”, she says.

Housewife Aline Amorim, 30, would like to use the park for a walk with her one-year-old daughter Laura. “We don’t go there as a precaution. I want to have a picnic, but I can’t. A proper space for the dogs would be the solution. Nobody uses the park but the dogs, and the owners want to be right about that”, she explains. Aline says that friction between the two sides of the story is common. “Every now and then we see an argument. Even the police show up,” she describes.

What does the law say?

A law passed by the National Congress, which has been in force since 2019, deals with the entry and permanence of pets in public parks. In Article 3 of the law, the pet driver must be old enough and strong enough to control the animal, in addition to complying with the use of a collar or harness with a driving guide appropriate to the racial typology, present an updated and signed vaccination and deworming card. by a veterinarian and attach an identification plate next to the collar, with the animal’s name and the responsible person’s telephone number.

The article considers breeds such as pitbull, American staffordshire, boxer and rottweiler as dangerous dogs, which can be expelled by a supervisory agent in case of aggressive behavior. Failure to comply with orders may, in the worst case, result in a fine for the animal’s tutor, as provided for in Article 6 of the law.

*Intern under the supervision of Adson Boaventura

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