The Commission on Responsible ownership and Animal Welfare (COTRYBA) promotes a national policy that focuses on reducing the dog population in Uruguay to levels that do not pose a risk to the country from the point of view of health nor economic, as well as to design instruments are essential to promote their well-being and responsible ownership.
To do this, the COTRYBA designed a National Program of Dog Population Management in agreement with the Advisory Council. Such a board is a space of exchange integrated by the Society of Veterinary Medicine of Uruguay, the NGOS are Protective of Animals, organizations of rural producers: Rural Association, Federation of Rural, Agricultural Cooperative Federation, National Commission of Rural Development and Secretariat Uruguayan Wool, the UDELAR, and ANEP – CODICEN. The working guidelines of the commission have a broad social consensus and technical with these institutions.
The goal of this program is focused in that 100% of the dogs with a fork responsible and their registration in the National Registry of pet Animals (RENAC, Law 18.471, Art. 18). The computerization will allow a control efficient and promote a culture of responsible ownership at the country level.
Likewise, the implementation of measures that tend to discourage the reproduction of dogs at the household level. Strictly control the marketing of dogs, restricting the same to companies registered and authorized to this end. Promoting education and awareness on the topic, as well as the monitoring and control of the program and rules defined.
In terms of breeding and marketing provides for a plan of castration massive in coordination with the Municipalities and zoonoses. You will work on the prohibition of playing dogs, except for players registered in the REPSE (Registration of Providers of Services, Law 18.471, Art. 19). In addition, the prohibition to market the dogs, except for companies that are enabled and recorded in the REPSE (according to the Law 18.471, Art. 19, its regulation and control by the competent authorities). In addition, it will promote the adoptions of animals without fork responsible (currently in shelters or abandoned).
Another pillar of work is education, awareness and communication by incorporating the theme at the level of formal education. The COTRYBA is already articulating actions in education with the National Public Education Administration (ANEP) in a joint plan to train all teachers, community, and conducting workshops at local schools and their environments, addressing issues in the school relating to dogs. Also, prepare a communication campaign for the population in the dissemination of their lines of work.
In the plan is provided for the inspection and control of the program as well as the rules at the territorial level in charge of the COTRYBA in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities. In addition to the development of the strategic plan and the progress with regard to the training of veterinarians and the information system RENAC, the COTRYBA receives and manages complaints.
1.469 COMPLAINTS IN A YEAR
Between may 2016 and June 2017 the Commission on Responsible ownership and Animal Welfare registered one thousand four hundred and sixty-nine complaints, of which 69% already culminated their process. Of the total proposed sixty-seven sanctions, which are in the process.
The three main reasons for complaints, in order of frequency, are bites and attacks on people, animal abuse, and insect bites and attacks animal production, as defined by the commission composed of the ministries of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Public Health, Interior and the Congress of Mayors, institutions represented by their respective under secretaries in the case of the secretaries of state and the mayor appointed to this end, Dr. Marne Osorio, mayor of Rivera and veterinary medical profession.
In total there are 346 complaints of attacks of dogs to people, in cases in which the dogs caused injuries and traffic accidents, which represents 25.8% of the total in the country. This number and ratio of complaints varies greatly in the different departments. The most cases reported is Montevideo, followed by Peach, Montevideo and Canelones.
There were 257 complaints for child abuse and the like, such as abandonment and poisoning dogs. According to the report, are more frequent in Durazno, Tacuarembó, Lavalleja, Cerro Largo, and Florida, departments with the highest proportion of rural population and livestock producers.
Finally, there are 111 complaints of dog attacks to animal production, which represents 8.3% of the total in the country; this amount and the proportion of complaints varies much in the different departments, the most reported is Peach, followed by Montevideo and Lavalleja.
THE FIGURES OF RIVERA
The numbers recorded in the Department of Rivera are the following:
– We received ten complaints of attacks and bites people, which corresponds to 2.9% of the complaints received across the country. Rivera is the ninth in this type of complaints, being overtaken by Montevideo (17,3%), Peach (16.8 per Cent), Tacuarembó (13,3%), Canelones (10,4%), Lavalleja (8,7%), Cerro Largo (5,5%), Maldonado (5.2%), and Florida (4.9 per cent).
– Two complaints were received by physical abuse and the like, such as abandonment and poisoning. It is the Department that least logged complaints of this kind (0.8% of the national total).
– Received a single complaint for attacks to animal production (sheep and cattle), which also points out that Rivera is the Department with the lowest number of complaints of this type, corresponding to 0.9% of the total complaints received.