Opposition to location of city animal shelter
Residents’ associations in the Cayetano Germosen neighborhood continue to oppose the installation of an animal shelter at the Santo Domingo city government’s chosen site. Yesterday, Wednesday 6 April 2016, environmentalists, microbiologists and veterinarians spoke at an event organized by the community to reject the project site. They also said it would endanger the health of residents and people who exercise in the Mirador del Sur Park. Specialists Norma Fabian, Ramon Rogelio Franco and Felicita Heredia said that the stray dogs’ diseases could affect residents’ health because it would be installed just 30 meters from their homes. International standards establish a minimum distance of 400 meters.
Mayor Roberto Salcedo’s initiative involves the construction of four modules for dog cages with capacity for 40 dogs, a quarantine section for 20 animals and three areas for 30 cats in addition to one for non-domestic species.
The local residents are protesting and demanding the relocation of the shelter. The specialists warned that as well as possible diseases that can be transmitted by air, the resulting bad smells and noise from the animals would affect the community.
The experts said that the construction at the chosen site was inappropriate from an environmental and epidemiological perspective.
They clarified that requirements for a shelter are more stringent than for the location of a veterinary clinic because some animals may stay in the center for months and years until new owners are found.
April 10, 2016
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