The Gozo SPCA has slammed the Gozo Ministry after a shortage in Animal Welfare staff cover resulted in the death of a cat as volunteers were unable to reach a cat that had been struck by a car.
Sadly, the cat succumbed to its injuries – a point that the SPCA has made in a call for the Ministry to provide 24/7 cover in Gozo, much like Malta is given.
“And if not,” the post reads, “allow Gozo SPCA to use the Ministry-designated vet.”
The SPCA volunteer headed to Żebbuġ to pick up the cat herself, a job that would normally be taken care of by Animal Welfare Gozo.
Frank Galea, of Galea Veterinary Clinic – Gozo, opened the doors of his clinic for the volunteer, where the cat was peacefully euthanised, as there was nothing to be done to help the poor animal.
Denis Montebello, the Minister for Animal Welfare, recently released a report exposing the lack of staff and low level of ethics put forward from staff within the Animal Welfare district in Malta and Gozo but, with no set action plan in place to effect a solution, who knows how long it will be until this happens again?