By Annette Chrysostomou
FOLLOWING complaints about the local dog shelter on social media, the president and the secretary of the animal party of Cyprus (APC) Kyriacos Kyriacou and Andy Pearson had a meeting with the mayor of Peyia, Neophytos Akoursiotis.
In a statement, the party said that they requested the meeting as the dog pound has been the cause of concern in the local community for some time.
Akoursiotis explained that the handling of stray dogs was subcontracted to a Paphos company and that animals only remained in the pound for a few hours before being collected by the company’s staff.
He told the Cyprus Mail that as the contract has now expired, the municipality will call for tenders since the current agreement is not satisfactory. Taking into account suggestions from the APC, the new arrangement should also be less expensive.
In addition, Akoursiotis confirmed that the municipality would work with the APC and agreed that members of the local APC monitoring group could maintain a regular check on the operation of the pound.
“Standards of hygiene in the pound are to be improved and information on the pound is to be added to the municipality website,” he added.
The animal party lauded the meeting, saying that it is an important step forward in gaining support for improvements in standards of welfare for stray dogs in the area.