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Parliamentary questions
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11 September 2012
Question for written answer E-008010/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Cristiana Muscardini (PPE)

 Subject: Cat pound levelled by bulldozers
 Answer in writing 

On the morning of 4 August, a group of IOAP volunteers who were looking after a groups of cats in a pound in the town of Paratico in the province di Brescia, were faced with an awful sight on arriving at work in the morning: the cat pound had been flattened by bulldozers which had moved in to start construction work, and several cats lay dead on the ground. Other cats had taken fright and fled, only to be buried in the rubble. All that was required to allow the volunteers to transfer the cats to a different facility was to postpone the work for a few days, but there was clearly no intention to provide such notice.

In the face of this event, responsibility is being bounced between the town council, the local health authorities and the contractor, each of which has their own documentary evidence and their own truth, and is palming off the IOAP volunteers’ requests for clarifications and on‑site checks. So no one accepts responsibility.

Can the Commission state:

1. whether it is aware of this event, which has received extensive coverage in the Italian press?
2. whether it does not feel it necessary, within the legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals, and as expressed in the EP resolution of 4 July 2012, for municipal councils to establish a register of public and private animal facilities that should be kept in cooperation with the local health authorities and volunteer groups that look after those animals in order to avoid sad and unpleasant mishaps?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 308 E, 23/10/2013
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