(CMR) Persons in the community are being advised that the Department of Agriculture is not yet taking adoption requests for the 53 dogs that were confiscated last week at a home in Prospect. CMR previously reported that Sylvia Felicity Francis gave up the dogs after a joint operation with the RCIPS and DOA last Monday.
Many have contacted CMR and DOA noting they are anxious to adopt the dogs. However, there is a process that must be adhered to according to sources close to DOA. We understand that the centre has been inundated with requests and for now the shelter is CLOSED to visitors until further notice.
Protocol dictates that the dogs must be medically checked, treated and processed. There will also be an assessment process to decide what dogs are viable for adoption. In fact one vet noted:
“There dogs are severely damaged and may not be suitable for any and all environments. They will require some serious medical attention as well as proper socialization and training. Some may have behavioral issues that are challenging to work with.
Given the conditions the dogs were in they may not be the ideal family pet to have around other dogs or even children. Anyone interested in adopting these dogs should know that this will be a real labour of love and require time and even money for medical care. It's not a decision to be taken lightly.”
Once the shelter has re-opened CMR will advise the public accordingly. Many are also anxious to hear if the dog owner will be prosecuted.