Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Wednesday launched a hotline, in conjunction with local governments across Taiwan that will allow members of the public to report and seek assistance in situations when animals are found injured, abused or attack people.

People can dial late 1950s from a cellphone, landline or online phone to report incidents and they will be directed in order to the nearest relevant authority in the more streamlined manner, the COA said.

The cases the service will handle include reports of law breaking — such as illegal pet breeding, animal abuse and trap placement, the council added.

The hotline will also help settle occurrences involving dogs attacking individuals or whenever owners are usually accused associated with failing to take due care if they have an aggressive dog, according to the COA.

People who wish to know how to register and neuter their pets, report pet droppings plus noise, or even seek assist for bee or snake intrusions can also use the particular hotline, it said.

It is hoped the new service will certainly improve animal welfare, as the number of such instances handled by the authorities has grown by 20 percent annually over the past few years and recently reached 20, 000, the COA said.

(By Yang Shu-min plus Lee Hsin-Yin)


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