Faced with increasing reports of animal abuse, many associations defending the cause in the Pyrénées-Orientales are working with the police. Cross-experiences with Marie-Claude Morel, from Masepo, Marina Pastou from Céret refuge and Yohann Rayé, head of Torreilles SPA.
- 1. Realizing that the animal is in danger: “Often dealing with depressed people”
“Sometimes, between what people mean and the truth of the facts, it is different”, report to Marina Pastou of Céret refuge and Yohann Rayé the manager of Torreilles SPA. This is why, after being alerted and proving that the animal is in a situation of danger, animal investigators move to areas where the animal or animals at risk are located. The associations announced themselves as they arrived and noted that they had been notified: “Usually, there are maintenance defects, financial problems, we are dealing with overwhelmed people. » To avoid abuse, Marie-Claude Morel of the Masepo association only takes non-anonymous reports: “We fill out a Cerfa document, with a copy of the identity document. » He also makes a distinction between true abuse and an error of judgment: “Dogs with leishmaniasis are very thin, with patches, it can be deceptive. »
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- 2. Act: “The owner is asked to take the animal to the vet”
In the event of abuse, Marie-Claude Morel has several strings to her bow: “We suggest that the owner go to the vet for a health check. » If the owner refuses, and there is proof, the association will report the problem to the prosecutor, who may decide to order the requisition of the animal. This is followed by the filing of a complaint on behalf of the shelter or association, supported by all the evidence obtained that proves the case or cases of animal abuse. Usually a lawyer advises on the steps, where the police have the right to inspect. Then the file is sent to the prosecutor who will initiate proceedings if he deems it necessary.
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- 3. Secure the animals and pick them up: “We have a certificate of abandonment signed”
The abusive owner also has the possibility of giving his animal to an association. On the Masepo side: “We have a certificate of abandonment signed, and we take care of the animal”, explains Marie-Claude Morel. The animal must also go to the vet for a health checkup. All this at the expense of associations and residences that do not count their time or money. Recently, the association acquired a litter of newborn puppies, found in a container: “They had one day, they still had the umbilical cord. We had several sleepless nights to make sure they survived”, emphasizes Marie-Claude Morel. Associations and residences cannot enter homes or property at will. When agreement is given by the procurer to act in this way, the police are the first to intervene. Supported by members of animal protection structures, of course. Once the animals are caught, all these volunteers take care of them and offer them a new aspect of their life.
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- 4. Take care of martyred animals: “We expect the animal to be adopted when it is rehabilitated”
A few months ago, Masepo recovered a Malinoi boy who had been beaten by his master: “Since he was beaten, he is scared and has a tendency to bite. He does dog rehabilitation sessions three times a week. I hope we can adopt him soon, once he is rehabilitated”, explains Marie-Claude Morel. The managers of the Marina which is a refuge for the Céret and the SPA, in particular, emphasize the mutual assistance that exists between the structures to list the animals, to treat them, feed them, take care of them them, re-educate them. , to have them consulted by veterinarians or other specialists. Until the trial is held, if the case is presented to the courts, the collected animals are protected and kept in shelters and associations. Only after a court decision has been issued, the risk has been removed and the former owners have waived their rights, will adoption be considered.
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- 5. Ensure a serious adoption: “There is a lifelong follow-up”
Once the little ones protected by Marie-Claude Morel are placed in safety and stimulated, it is time to adopt them. But there was no question for him to do it anyway. “When someone comes to adopt one of our animals, there are three appointments. We get to know the people, we make sure that their environment and lifestyle is suitable for the animal they want to adopt. When everything is OK, we leave the animal to them for trial for seven days. Only then can we adopt them for good.”, he revealed. But the relationship with Masepo does not stop there: “There is lifelong follow-up. If I’m passing through a town where one of our animals is, I’ll see it, or I’ll leave a transit advice note., says Marie-Claude Morel. Finally, the contract contains a special clause: “When the owner dies, the animal returns to us. If the husband wants to adopt it, it is possible, but we make a new contract. » There are many conditions that may seem strict, but have only one goal: to prevent the animal from becoming a victim of mistreatment, or being abandoned by the family after the death of its owner.