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Tierheim Donaueschingen: Cases of cruelty to animals are rare in the region – Donaueschingen & the surrounding area – Insurance for Pets


A matted Yorkshire Terrier. Photo: Kreistierheim Donaueschingen


Feral pets, abused farm animals, animal hoarding – the list of potential animal torments is long. But what is the situation on the Baar? « We haven’t seen any extreme cases of animal welfare in years, » says Nadine Vögel from the Donaueschingen animal shelter.

Donaueschingen / Hüfingen / Bräunlingen – A few years ago she confiscated 45 animals in Vöhrenbach. « Those were bad conditions, » she says. She also remembers a case in St. Georgen: 20 dogs and 50 budgies lived in a small apartment. « There were animal corpses on the floor, only seven animals out of 70 survived, » says Vögel. However, it is gratifying that there have been no more cases of poisoning in Donaueschingen in the past ten years. The biggest animal welfare problem in the district is still the feral domestic cats. Their increase can be counteracted with a cat protection ordinance, she says. Because of Corona, there is currently an internet boom on dogs. Animals are bought there, but they are also brokered through animal welfare associations. However, Vögel warns: « You have to be careful and thoughtful when buying animals on the Internet. »



« People who torture animals are usually resistant to advice »

The veterinary office is responsible for cases of cruelty to animals. The reason: Animal protection associations are not allowed to move to other people’s properties or could take an animal away from someone, explains Natascha Schneider from the Villingen-Schwenningen Animal Protection Association. « People who torture animals are usually resistant to advice. You can’t get to them with arguments, » says Schneider. That is why she recommends working on the topic in schools. With Corona there is no longer cruelty to animals, says Schneider. « What is accumulating, however, is that more people buy an animal because they have more time. » The animal welfare association is watching this with concern. « What happens after Corona: Are the animals given or even abandoned? » Asks Schneider.

« A lot has happened in the past 25 years, » says veterinarian Michael Langer. For example, cages were banned in agriculture. Every year there are around 300 reports, and around 90 cases have to be dealt with, says Langer. Three quarters of the violations were in the pet area and a quarter in the livestock area. Langer also says: « There is no factory farming on the Baar. » Because in agriculture there are often small family businesses. « Every year there are only one or two forced closings in our region, » said the veterinarian.

Most of the perpetrators are male




Cruelty to animals is regulated in Article 26 of the Animal Welfare Act. Colloquially, the term is used for all pain and suffering inflicted on an animal by humans. According to the law, animal cruelty occurs when an animal is mistreated, neglected, unnecessarily overexerted or its dignity is disregarded in any other way, according to an animal welfare organization. The latest figures from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture from 2018 show that the registered cases of animal cruelty have increased by nine percent.

According to the latest police crime statistics, this is 6,708 violations of animal welfare regulations, 524 more than in the previous year. Three quarters of the perpetrators are male. (hsc) information on the Internet: www.tierheim-donaueschingen.de

Article 26 of the Animal Welfare Act deals with cruelty to animals. Colloquially, the term is used for all pain and suffering that humans inflict on an animal. According to the law, animal cruelty occurs when an animal is mistreated, neglected, unnecessarily overexerted or its dignity is disregarded in any other way, according to an animal welfare organization. The latest figures from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture from 2018 show that the registered cases of animal cruelty have increased by nine percent. According to police crime statistics, this is 6,708 violations of animal welfare regulations, 524 more than were recorded in the previous year. Three quarters of the perpetrators are male.