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Vet services under fire for neglecting uncontrolled dog imports

Commissioner Maria Stylianou-Lottidis' report highlights administrative failures in addressing the uncontrolled importation of dogs into Cyprus


A scathing report by the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights, Maria Stylianou-Lottidis, sheds light on the failure of Cyprus's Veterinary Services to tackle the issue of uncontrolled importation of dogs. The report states that despite repeated complaints raised by the President of the Federation of Cyprus Animal Welfare Organisations, the Veterinary Services have not taken necessary steps to address the matter.

According to the report, this neglect contradicts the administration's obligation to act promptly and effectively, preventing the proliferation of unlawful situations. The Veterinary Services are reminded that they have an obligation, not discretion, to act in the public interest.

The Commissioner recommends urgent action by the Director of Veterinary Services, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, to thoroughly investigate complaints and implement appropriate measures. The Cyprus Federation of Animal Welfare Organisations is urged to be kept informed throughout the process.

The complaint originated from the President of the Federation of Cyprus Animal Welfare Organisations, who expressed dissatisfaction with the Veterinary Services' handling of the issue. Despite instructions from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, the Veterinary Services failed to address the matter adequately. The tone of the Veterinary Services' response to the complainant was deemed unacceptable.

In response to the Commissioner's report, the Director of Veterinary Services denied any dismissive behavior and attributed the delay in addressing the complaint to administrative oversight. He also questioned the Ministry's instructions regarding cooperation with the Customs Department.

The Commissioner's report underscores the need for swift and coordinated action by government agencies to address public concerns. It calls for unity and alignment among ministries to avoid conflicts and ensure timely resolution of issues.

The report concludes with recommendations for immediate action by the Veterinary Services, in coordination with the Ministry, to investigate and address the uncontrolled importation of companion animals. Additionally, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment is urged to consider appropriate action based on the findings of the report.

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