Animals, like human beings, are sentient, living beings capable of experiencing various degrees of pain and emotional suffering, and hence deserve our attention, care and protection. Those are the opening words to the Act on the Protection of Animals against Cruelty, which the Czech government wants to amend in order to further crackdown on inhumane commercial pet breeding centres.
The number of dogs registered as pets in the Czech capital grew to 83,297
last year, up by 1,857 compared to 2017 but down from a record high of
100,544 the year before.
According to the Prague authorities, small dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers and Dachshunds are the most popular breeds, followed by Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
The most common name for a dog is “Ben”, followed by “Max”, “Betty”, “Bára” and “Nelly”.
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The current hot and dry weather has created ideal conditions for the spread of the bark beetle, one of the biggest threats to the Czech Republic’s forests. Experts from the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences are now testing a new method involving sniffer dogs to detect the infestation in its early stages. I spoke to the dean of the faculty, Marek Turčáni, who is in charge of the project, and asked him how serious the beetle infestation is this year:
A five-year-old boy died on Sunday after being attacked by a dog in the village of Lužec nad Cidlinou in the Hradec Králové region, police spokesperson Jan Čížkovský told the Czech News Agency. The boy succumbed to serious injuries sustained in the attack, said Mr.Čížkovský, who added that the police were at the start of their investigation into the matter. The police later revealed that in fact more than one canine was involved. The last case of a dog killing a child in the Czech Republic occurred in Prague in 2012.
A Czech-Slovak chain of pet shops, Pet Centres, is planning to open a network of dog hotels in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Tuesday. The company, owned by former managers of the Czech-Slovak investment group Penta, is set to build 17 hotels. Their construction is set to start in the Spring of 2017 and the first dog hotel is set to open in Brno.
Prague residents over the Christmas holidays donates a record eight tonnes of cat and dog food, both dried and canned, plus snacks to a well-known animal shelter in Troje, the Municipal police confirmed on Tuesday. On Christmas Day alone, some 3,000 people visited, the police said in a press release. According to the shelter, several dogs were adopted. Around 3,000 dogs and 1,700 cats arrive at the shelter annually; most of the dogs are successfully returned to their owners, the shelter said. The canines are housed in Troje, while the felines are placed at a facility in Dolních Měcholupy across the city.
Stray dogs which found their way into the Brno zoo at night are reported to have killed three kangaroos and one llama. The damage has been estimated at 45,000 crowns. The dogs are reported to have dug a hole under the fencing and escaped the same way. A similar incident happened in the zoo earlier this year, when an ostrich and three exotic birds were killed. The police have appealed to the public to report on stray digs in the vicinity of the zoo.
The Czech Army have dropped plans to sell a dog “decorated” after a mission in Afghanistan, the TV station Prima reported. There was an outcry on social media when the seven-year-old German shepherd, named Athos, was listed as being for sale for CZK 500. The dog, which was trained to detect explosives, was injured in 2012 and received a plaque, a bone and a leather collar from the minister of defence. It will remain at an army veterinarian centre, Prima said.