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Skinny, Chemically-Burned Puppies Found In Malta Leads To Doubling Down On Calls For Microchipping

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Animal activists are urging pet owners to microchip their dogs after picking up a large number of stray puppies over the last week.

The strays were found to be “skinny, full of ticks and some with sustained chemical burns on their backs,” the MSPCA said, sharing photos of the dogs.

“It is the law to microchip your dogs– that will guarantee that if your dog gets lost, it would be easily returned to you. However, if the dog is not microchipped, there is a possibility that even if you claim it as your dog, you won’t be able to have it back for several reasons,” they pointed out.

After retrieving the nine puppies from different locations, the MSPCA made it clear that they were struggling to keep up “with the number of animals being dumped/found roaming on the streets each day”.

“The MSPCA appeals for stricter laws and enforcement on microchipping – fines should be given out on the spot when a dog is found not microchipped.”

“Compulsory neutering should be introduced for any dog that is found roaming without a microchip to help decrease the chances of having unwanted litters,” they continued.

“Dogs which are found in good health and not microchipped are most likely to be left in the area since there is not enough space on the island for all of them,” they pointed out.

“We beg people to kindly think twice before getting an animal and seek help with rehoming rather than abandoning them and leave them fending for themselves.”

Saying that neutering was not an act of cruelty, they pointed to what was – abandoning animals in the streets.

The MSPCA is in need of dog food, as well as medicine for the puppies. You can donate to the MSPCA using the number below via BOV PAY:

BOV PAY: 79530468

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Johnathan is Editor-in-Chief of Lovin Malta, and an award-winning Maltese journalist interested in social justice, politics, minority issues, music and food. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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