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Backlog Of 150 Pets Left On Cremation Waiting List As Malta’s Only Incinerator Reopens After Three Months

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Pet cremations have resumed at The Island Sanctuary in Birżebbuġa following a three-month shutdown period due to a collapsed wall.

Back in November, The Island Sanctuary was forced to temporarily stop its cremation services after a collapsed wall at the entrance prevented Easygas trucks from entering the sanctuary to provide gas needed for the incinerator.

The onus fell on the Lands Authority who, after three months, made repairs to the wall which has allowed the incinerator to resume its services.

However, the delays by the Land Authority to repair the wall now means that the sanctuary is faced with 150 animals awaiting cremation, according to The Times of Malta.

Many pet owners expressed their discontent with the delay which, for some, meant having to keep their dog in a freezer since November.

The sanctuary runs on a voluntary basis and cremation is usually carried out an average of three times a week, however, due to the three-month-long waiting list, volunteers are looking to run the incinerator at least five times a week.

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