DESPICABLE BETRAYAL TO ANIMALS IN BUENOS AIRES - ARGENTINA

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DESPICABLE BETRAYAL IN BUENOS AIRES
by Iris Gallegos

VERY IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN!

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Dear Friends,

I am asking you to help us with this terrible issue !!!!. Iris Gallegos from the Bright Eyes Society has explained the situation very clearly below. Please read the report, send the protest letter and crosspost far and wide. Thank you so much on behalf of the thousands of strays that will be gassed soon if this is not stopped.

Coqui Montiel
CVFA - ARGENTINA



----- Original Message -----
From: The Bright Eyes Society
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: DESPICABLE BETRAYAL IN BUENOS AIRES. Please forward!




DESPICABLE BETRAYAL IN BUENOS AIRES
by Iris Gallegos

VERY IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN!

Last July I visited the Almirante Brown municipal dog pound in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after having corresponded with the charity that has been running it for 12 years and become convinced that theirs was the best program in the world to solve the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats. Many others had arrived to the same conclusion and the program has been adopted by many other Argentinian Councils and also from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay etc and had a great number of foreign visitors. They have also been advising many Latinoamerican shelters and The Bright Eyes Society has been adapting their program in order to introduce it in the EU. There has been great interest from some European countries and they have been sent videos and further information about the program, ahead of a possible future seminar in The Netherlands.

The program has to be implemented with a partnership between the Council and the shelter and the results are outstanding. It works on the knowledge that spay/neuter is the only effective solution for the geometrical progression of canine and feline reproduction but that it has to be affordable. Using the lateral surgical technique at the operating table, the surgeons operate a bitch in 7 minutes and a female cat in 5 minutes. The males are castrated in 4 minutes. The recovery is very quick with 0 fatalities. 2 veterinaries and 8 assistants (volunteers) spay and neuter 70 animals in 3 hours, 13.000 animals in one year, to date close to 100.000 have been spayed and neutered in the Almirante Brown municipality. They have also several programs to teach the public about the need for spay and neuter and how to care for their cats and dogs. The efficiency, care and speed of the spay and neuter sessions are mind blowing, and the results truly admirable, far superior to anything I have seen in the rest of the world. Almirante Brown has well over half a million inhabitants but driving around it I only saw 3 stray dogs, all of them old, castrated and cared of by the charity and the neighbours. Strays are generally tolerated in the south of South America and often fed and watered by the public.


Enter the enemy. The Veterinarian College has always been against the free spay and neuter program carried out at Almirante Brown. Although it is free for all, I only saw people of no means in the waiting room. In other words, people unable to pay a private veterinarian's fee. Before the charity volunteers changed how the dog pound dealt with the homeless dogs and cats these were gassed using a gas chamber generously donated by the wife of a nazi immigrant...it is to this state of affairs that the recently elected Mayor of Almirante Brown Darío Giustozzi (who lied to the charity promising to keep the program and then threw them out putting his "friends" in place, among them a hopelessly inept vet) and the Veterinarian College are returning, the barbarians at the door were never away and the marvellous work of a group of enlightened and very intelligent people is to be obliterated, never mind their achievements, all the international seminars given to teach ethical solutions for a problem that could NEVER be solved by killing the homeless dogs and cats.

We beg you to help us fight the good fight for something that could change the world's way to deal with this problem in an ethical, effective and affordable manner.



SAMPLE LETTER IN SPANISH TO PROTEST FOR THE RETURN TO THE KILLING POLICY AT THE ALMIRANTE BROWN DOG POUND AFTER 12 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION AND BEING AN EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD:

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and to the Argentinian embassy in your country, which you can find at:

http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Argentina/Argentina1.html


Al Intendente del municipio Almirante Brown Sr. Darío Giustozzi:

Es con estupor que nos enteramos que su municipalidad vuelve a la política de matar los perros y gatos que llegan a su perrera, luego de casi doce años de civilización y ética, un ejemplo muy conocido y admirado a nivel internacional.

No podemos imaginar el motivo que le impulsa a volver al barbarismo de las matanzas de los animales cuando está ampliamente comprobado que además de carecer de ética esa forma de encarar el problema de los animales sin hogar no funciona en ninguna parte del mundo; es absurdo y un derroche financiero aplicar una solución matemática a un problema geométrico. Le instamos encarecidamente a que reflexione antes de destruir algo de tanto valor, que ha costado tanto esfuerzo lograr a una ONG con gran visión e inteligencia y que ha puesto al municipio de Almirante Brown de Buenos Aires mundialmente en el mapa como ejemplo de municipio inteligente, ético y progresista.

Le saluda atte.

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Translation: We are appalled to learn that your municipality is going back to the killing policy for the dogs and cats that arrive to the pound after 12 years of civilization and ethics, a well known example and admired internationally.
We cannot imagine the motives that make you go back to the barbarism of killing the animals when is well established that aside from lacking ethics, it is a absurd and a financial waste to apply a mathematical solution to a geometrical problem. We urge you to reflect before destroying something of so much value that has been achieved with great effort and dedication demanded so much hard work of a charitable organization with great vision and intelligence. Their work has put the Almirante Brown Council from Buenos Aires on the international map as an example of intelligence, ethics and progress.




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A DAY AT THE CMSAZ
(Text of the video showing the program in action)


Welcome to the Centro Municipal de Sanidad Animal y Zoonosis (the Municipal Centre for Animal Health and Zoonosis) in the Municipality of Almirante Brown; I'm Laura Antoniazzi, the coordinator of the Centre.
This video shows the technique which has enabled us, due to the pace at which we work and our efficient use of equipment, to spay or neuter 50,000 animals in 4 years.
I invite you to spend a morning with us.

Our working day begins at 8 a.m., when we receive the 35 animals to be spayed or neutered in the first shift.

In the waiting-room, each is allocated an order number.

While the assistants prepare the operating theatre, the veterinarians examine the animals.

The next step is to administer a pre-med in the waiting-room. The animals wait with their families, so as to avoid the nervousness and stress they will logically feel being in a strange place and surrounded by other animals.

At the same time, the preparation room is made ready, with the disposable equipment which will be used during the first shift.

After a few minutes, the animals are called one by one and their details are taken.

The owner then takes his pet to the preparation room, where it is anaesthetised, and the surgical field is shaved and disinfected.

Also in the preparation room, the outer ear is tattooed with the letter C for CASTRADO (the Spanish for "castrated").

The animal then receives an intramuscular antibiotic and intravenous or intramuscular analgesic.

Afterwards, it is moved to the pre-operation room to await its turn to be sterilised.


WE ARE ABLE TO WORK AT THIS PACE AND USE THE EQUIPMENT EFFICIENTLY THANKS TO THE COMBINED ACTION OF A HIGHLY-TRAINED TEAM WITH A TASK-SHARING SYSTEM AND SIMPLIFIED SURGICAL PROCEDURES

In the case of female dogs, we make a single incision in the left flank, with the bisection formed at the angle between the last rib and the lower lumbar region.
An incision is made in the skin.
The muscle planes are separated with scissors until the abdominal cavity is reached.
The muscle planes are raised using the same scissors in order to allow the retractors to enter through the opening.
The retractors are raised and a wire-holder is inserted in order to remove the ovary; the wire-holder is used to hold the area in front of the anterior pole or behind the posterior pole, without holding the ovary itself, so as not to damage it.
The left uterine horn is then tautened, and the index finger of the other hand is inserted to take hold of the right uterine horn and exteriorise it.
The right uterine horn is then tautened and the index finger slides along it, entering the abdominal cavity cranially, until it touches the right ovary with the fingertip.
The finger continues down until it passes the ovary and touches the meso-ovary. On the surface of this it is possible to feel a condensation of fibrous tissue like a guitar string which the index finger uses to pull the meso-ovary gently towards the muscular wall and , with the thumb of the same hand outside, grips and raises it causing it to tear (not to cut) as much as necessary for it to be brought out far enough to be ligated.

It should be pointed out that, in the posterior part of the meso-ovary are the blood vessels which must not be torn and that in the anterior part is the fibrous condensation which does have to be cut or stretched in the tearing procedure.
For the ligating, the assistant holds one horn by its anterior end, placing his fingertip in front of the anterior pole of the ovary. The surgeon ligates in front of the assistant's finger and puts another ligature behind the ovary. This means that, when the ovary is cut at its anterior end, there is at least a finger's width between that end and the ligature, with a wide safety margin. This avoids a mistake which is frequently made, which is that the ligature slips because the cut is very close to it or that bits of the ovary are left when the cut is made lest the ligature be cut during the procedure.
The ovarian sack is cut, as conservatively as possible, exposing the ovary for it to be resected.

A local antibiotic is administered.

The muscle planes are closed all together, but with a curved needle; the needle takes up subcutaneous fat and fleshy paniculum and then the abdominal muscle planes all together, before emerging into the cavity.
It is reinserted the other way round, taking up the fleshy paniculum and subcutaneous layer last, and then the wound is closed.
This procedure ensures that no empty spaces are left between the muscle plane and the skin, with the consequent accumulation of exudate, particularly if the animal does not take the necessary rest.
The skin is closed with ordinary sutures. If this is not strong enough, when the needle pierces the skin on one side of the wound, before entering the other, subcutaneous tissue is taken up; this ensures that the skin is secured to the deep planes.

IT IS ADVISABLE, WHEN WORKING AT THIS PACE, TO REMOVE BOTH OVARIES AT THE SAME TIME, AND LIGATE AND EXCISE THEM AFTERWARDS. THIS PROCEDURE ENSURES THAT WE DO NOT UNWITTINGLY MAKE THE MISTAKE OF FORGETTING WHETHER WE HAVE REMOVED ONE OR BOTH OF THEM

"When the flank wound is closed, the internal organs, when the animal is in the normal position, tend to lie ventrally, so that the normal ventral pressure on the abdomen almost automatically causes the two edges of the wound to knit and heal. As regards the mid-line scar, the ventral pressure of the internal organs is directly on top of the mid-line incision"

In the male dog one testicle is raised cranially, through the inguinal canal, and a single, prescrotal mid-line incision is made.
An incision is then made in the vaginal sheath in order to permit the testicle to emerge. The testicle is taken out totally.
A hemostat is used to hold the vas deferens together with the vascular plexus and raise it so as to be able to ligate as low as possible.
Antibiotic is applied to the knot of the suture and the cut is made.
The testicle is then raised, still held by the insertion of the vaginal tunic; leaving the testicle out, the ligature is made in vaginal mass, so as to ensure that it closes and to avoid a possible post-operative scrotal hernia.
The same procedure is carried out with the other testicle; it is raised and extracted through the same incision.
The next step is to close the skin directly, with ordinary sutures, but when the needle enters one edge of the wound it takes up subcutaneous tissue and then enters the other side, to finish in a knot. This ensures that the skin is secured to the deep planes and that there are therefore no empty spaces.

In the waiting room, time is not being wasted. The public listen to an recording telling them about post-operative care. They are also given leaflets to distribute among their friends and neighbours.

After surgery, the animal is returned to the preparation room, which now becomes the recovery room. It is placed on a mat, covered with a blanket and kept warm. When it lifts its head and its thorax and tries to get up, it is considered to have recovered. A final check on its vital signs and it is ready to go home.

At 9.30 the staff take a break.

At the same time, the day begins for the dogs awaiting adoption. The volunteers arrive and the pens are opened.

By 10 o'clock, the 35 dogs booked in for the second shift of operations have arrived, and the whole procedure begins again.

"Surgical sterilisation is a simple, quick, safe and economical technique. It is carried out on a huge scale on female and male dogs and cats from the age of 5 months. Only puppies and kittens which have been properly wormed and vaccinated may be sterilised earlier, when they are between 8 and 16 weeks old."

In the case of female cats, a single incision is made on the left flank; this is the bisection formed by the angle between the last rib and the lower lumbar region.
An incision is made in the skin.
The muscle planes are separated with scissors until the abdominal cavity is reached.
The opening is torn to allow for the removal of the ovaries and the uterus. The size of the opening will depend on the thickness of the surgeon's index finger.
The retractors are raised and a wire-holder is inserted in order to remove the ovary; the wire-holder is used to hold the area in front of the anterior pole or behind the posterior pole, without holding the ovary itself, so as not to damage it
The ovary is taken out. The uterine horn is then tautened, and the index finger of the other hand is inserted to take hold of the other horn and extract it.
The finger continues to the anterior end of this horn until it finds the other ovary. Once the right ovary has been exteriorised, the meso-ovary is torn slightly, just enough for the ovarian sack to come out far enough for the ligature to be made.
The assistant then holds the ovaries with both hands and raises them so that the surgeon is able to ligate both sacks with a single ligature.
It is possible to ligate the 2 combined uterine-ovarian sacks together because so little tissue is involved in the ligature that a single suture ensures secure hemostasis. And the procedure is quick and therefore saves time.
It is important to point out that this procedure is not carried out on female dogs.
The wound is checked for bleeding. Antibiotic is applied locally.
As in the case of female dogs, to close the wound, stitching begins at the subcutaneous level, taking in fleshy paniculum, fat and then the muscle planes.
The skin is closed with ordinary sutures, making sure that the skin is secured to the deep planes.

THE INSTRUMENTS MUST NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE OVARIES. IF THESE ARE TOUCHED OR NIPPED BY THE FORCEPS, FRAGMENTS OF OVARIAN TISSUE MAY REMAIN ON THE FORCEPS WHICH, WHEN REINTRODUCED INTO THE ABDOMINAL CAVITY, MAY SCATTER THEM IN THE PERITONEUM.
IF THIS TISSUE IS IMPLANTED, IT WILL GENERATE HORMONAL ACTIVITY IN THE FUTURE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE ANIMAL WILL CONTINUE TO COME INTO SEASON AS USUAL. SO, ALTHOUGH SHE IS STERILE, IF SHE STILL HAS HEATS, ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF SPAYING IS LOST

"The basis of this programme is the prevention of zoonosis and biting. The neutering of male dogs and cats is therefore encouraged. In the case of the females, if they are pregnant or in season, they are still spayed."

In the case of the male cat, a single paramedial scrotal incision is made.
The first testicle is extracted. The vaginal insertion is cut leaving the vascular plexus and vas deferens to be ligated as low down as possible.

A local antibiotic is applied on the suture.
It is cut, and the procedure is repeated for the other testicle, removing it through the same incision. The skin is not sutured.

In the case of female animals, we do not usually remove the uterus, because when the ovaries are taken out, the oestrogen level drops and in time the uterus atrophies considerably. We therefore do not see any advantage in removing the uterus in a campaign of this kind, in which the emphasis is on the efficient use of time and materials.
In exploratory laparotomies carried out on females 6 months after spaying, we have found that the uterus is significantly smaller and has the appearance of a round ligament.
An ovariohysterectomy is carried out, at the discretion of the veterinarian, only if there is a specific disorder, such as endometrial cystic hyperplasia, pyometra or uterine tumours.

As the programme proceeds, we are noticing a change in attitude; more people are coming with younger animals to be spayed or neutered. Also, the statistics show that, as the number of castrations rises, the number of people bitten by dogs goes down.

The telephone is still ringing, to fill the places in tomorrow's shifts ..... and before we leave work today we must put everything ready to start all over again in the morning.

EACH VETERINARY SURGEON
OPERATING FOR 3 HOURS A DAY
STERILISES 7,500 ANIMALS A YEAR