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Animals in distress – useful info

July 5, 2013

Today I learned a bit of useful information that I thought I would share with you. I have asked around from a couple of places regarding emergencies involving animals – who do you call?

At least in the Helsinki area if you run across a non life-threatening situation involving an animal, you should not call 112. Instead call (09) 310 30150. Emergency services are getting annoyed with calls to 112 about abandoned seagull chicks, for example.

The only time you should call 112 with regards to an emergency involving an animal is when there is clear and immediate danger to a person.

Stay tuned here, I will add more information when I find it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2013 11:19 am

    Especially when the ‘abandoned chicks’ aren’t abandoned at all. On this morning’s dog walk we met two such specimens 🙂 I give them a VERY wide berth and keep walking. The parents were spotted a short distance away – high up and watching the proceedings very carefully…

    A colleague called the zoo when he found a baby squirrel in his yard. They told him what to feed it in the short term and then deliver it to them. He even got feedback as to what happened later (not a happy ending).

  2. Sonia permalink
    July 6, 2013 9:12 am

    I am sure it depends on the case when a right place or (even better) voluntary helpers are addressed *thumbup*.

    Sadly, we have a pitbull running free along the street (comes inside our house when the terrace door is open). I don’t have prejudices, but it’s just not right. I doubt there is a place to complain which takes it seriously _before_ something happens. IF something happens, the result is that they shoot the animal.

    Emergencies? Did you hear about the chowchow case recently? The owner was trying to keep the dog away – the dog was biting his arm for over an hour (they considered rabies, because it’s not typical for a chowchow). The police refused to come, “because it’s the own dog”, own veteritarian refused to come “because it’s Friday summer evening and 50 km to go”. Finally, the ambulance came and shot the dog.

    Just don’t get me started about animal protection and animal emergencies… I have some friends having experiences (and most importantly, comparison to other countries!) regarding horses…

    I fortunately found a good veterinarian and have had so far very little issues with my cat. Invaluable!

    • anonymous permalink
      July 7, 2013 12:43 pm

      A pitbull running freely is actually a criminal offense. Feel free to call the police.

      And yes, a dog biting a person – especially the owner – has to be put down. No ifs, no buts. In the case you mentioned, the police actually refused to do their job. Feel free to sue them. Somebody ought to get fired.

      • Sonia permalink
        July 8, 2013 11:14 am

        That is the actual (common) problem: things work on paper.

        I found the original article (yellow press, but still): “Poliisi soitti kuitenkin takaisin, ja sanoi, ettei tule apuun, koska kyseessä on oma koira. Tyttäreni kertoi, että koira on purrut minua luuhun asti, mutta poliisi sanoi vain, että omien koirien kanssa pitäisi pärjätä.”

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