Center for Animal Welfare Legal Protection    
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Autonomous non-profit organization
Center for Animal Welfare Legal Protection

THE GOVERNMENT OF MOSCOW
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNAL SERVICES
HOUSING AND MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS
STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE "WILD ANIMALS TRAPPING SERVICE" (SUE WATS")
04.07.05 No 2-167

To: Manager, SUE Unitary Client Management, CJSC
Fauna Lead Specialist, CJSC

Information letter

      The SUE Wild Animals Trapping Service hereby informs you that pursuant to Moscow Government Decree dated 01.10.2002 No 819-PP "On Financial Arrangements for the System of Management and Financing of the Package of Measures towards Improvement of Maintenance and Protection of Animals in Moscow" our organization is assigned the task of humane control of the numbers of homeless dogs and cats through neutering female individuals, with subsequent release thereof in their former habitats.
      Most of the work involved in locating neglected and no mans animals, trapping and neutering thereof as well as in organizing other activities, relating to maintenance, use, population control and protection of wild and domestic animals is assigned to district and area fauna experts.
      According to the regulations, a fauna expert is to carry out the necessary analysis of the registered applications for the trapping of neglected and stray animals, whereupon such applications are passed on to the SUE WATS.
      For your information, pleased note that in case humans are bitten by animals in an area not affected by the rabies disease, no animals shall be seized by the veterinary service and taken to the Moscow Veterinary Station, the SUE WATS shall not attend to such applications. (Comment by site editor: the SUE WATS is Moscow only service that organizes the trapping of neglected animals. Therefore if WATS does not undertake this work in response to such applications, it means that THEREIS NOBODY ELSE TO DO THIS JOB!!! This is a flagrant violation of the RF Constitution and federal legislation. The citizens right to health protection should not depend on the place of residence (i.e. availability of an animal shelter in a particular district) (Art. 19 Part2. RF Constitution and Art 17 of the RF Constitution and Art. 17 of the RF Fundamentals of RF Legislation on Health Protection of the Citizens"). It is also obvious that the principle of priority of preventive measures in the field of protection of citizens health is violated (because once a dog has not bitten anyone, yet, it is not regarded as a source of hazard) (Art. 2 of the RF Law Fundamentals of RF Legislation on Health Protection of the Citizens "). )
      If in the column reason for trapping aggressive behavior of animals is stated, the fauna lead expert must visit the habitat of the animal in question, find the dog that created a conflict situation, draw up a report, attach complaints of residents to the application in writing, with a mandatory indication of residents addresses, contact phones and a detailed description of the dog and its habitat.
      In case virtually each application contains reference to aggressive behavior of all animals, made by a fauna expert, along with a request not to release the animals in their former habitat (without the facts of aggressive behavior being confirmed), the applicants are kindly requested to provide the name and address of the animal shelter organized in their particular administrative district as per clause 3 of the Minutes of the Meeting at the office of the First Deputy Minister of Moscow Government Mr. P.N. Aksenov dated 19.05.05. and Premiers Decree dated 16.01.1998 No 41-RP, request of Moscow Vice-Mayor V.P. Shantsev dated 22.05.2005 No 4-19-709/5.
      Director General

M.K. Arent

Original of this Information letter (was received by FAX)





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