An­i­mal hospi­tal opens in Ta’ Qali

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A new vet­eri­nary hospi­tal was opened at Ta' Qali yes­ter­day, a joint ven­ture be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor.

It re­places the St Fran­cis an­i­mal cen­tre set up by the for­mer gov­ern­ment, which was then closed.

The hospi­tal in­cludes a vet­eri­nary phar­macy which is open round the clock.

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat, who in­au­gu­rated the fa­cil­ity, said the gov­ern­ment was en­sur­ing that prices were kept rea­son­able.

He said the fa­cil­ity was the best of its sort not just in Malta but also in the re­gion, and it ex­pected to at­tract busi­ness from Si­cily.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for An­i­mal Wel­fare, Rod­er­ick Galdes, said that while those bring­ing pets for treat­ment would need to pay for the ser­vices of­fered, strays would be treated for free and spe­cial rates would be charged to those NGOs work­ing with an­i­mals.

“To­day, when we talk about an­i­mal wel­fare, it’s not just a mat­ter of tak­ing dogs for their an­nual check-ups. This hospi­tal will make it pos­si­ble for an­i­mals to un­dergo or­thopaedic in­ter­ven­tions, cataracts surgery and other surg­eries,” Mr Galdes said.

Photo: James Bianchi

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