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Puerto Morelos creates Community Animal Welfare Inspector team

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — The municipality of Puerto Morelos has certified seven people to detect animal abuse. The seven were certified by the government of Puerto Morelos who are accredited as Community Animal Welfare Inspectors after completing training for the management and procedures for the care of domestic and wild fauna in the municipality.

Yukeini Sulbei Castañeda Cocom, Director of Quality Training, recognized the citizens for their willingness to contribute in tasks for the protection and care of animals and the members of the IFAW (Foundation for Animal Welfare), Erika Flores Reynoso, Veterinary Advisory Project Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Saúl Rodríguez Torre, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction officer, for their support in the courses taught.

The head of Animal Protection and Welfare of the municipality, Telma Dafne García Peña, thanked the new inspectors for their time to train and be part of the project.

“Puerto Morelos is the first municipality where this program is being implemented. With our Community Inspectors, we will have eyes throughout the municipality to give correct attention to complaints and promote a new culture of protection for local fauna,” she said.

Efrén Boylan Sánchez, head of Animal Protection of the Northern Zone of the Environmental Protection Attorney’s Office of Quintana Roo, thanked the continuity of this pilot program which started while he was the head of Animal Welfare of the municipality.

He said that he is proud that the program is going to be replicated in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

“It is about providing timely follow-up to cases of animal cruelty and abuse in the state.

The certificates were delivered to Nancy Heredia Zepeda, and María Guadalupe Gutiérrez. Likewise, Lucila Guadalupe León Medina, Jesús Pascual Durán, Patricia Forcano Prats, Jorge Luis Magaña Magaña and Emanuel Garnica, who are now part of the Community Inspectors.