Animal Welfare

Supervision in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Diseases Act is conducted in Turku, Raisio, Naantali and Rusko by a supervising veterinarian, tel. +358 (0)44 907 3854.

The supervising veterinarian is supported by the animal shelter in Turku, in which found animals as well as pets taken into custody due to animal welfare reasons and wild animals can be treated and cared for.

The supervising veterinarian sees especially to the animal welfare supervision of his/her area and gives advice on animal welfare questions on demand.

If you suspect that an animal is being treated badly, please contact the supervising veterinarian or the police.

Animal welfare supervision

The objective of the Animal Welfare Act is to protect animals from suffering, pain and distress in the best possible way. The law also aims at promoting animal welfare and good treatment. Animals must be treated well and they must not be caused any needless suffering. Also, in pet keeping one must promote the maintaining of animal health and take the animals’ physiological and behavioural needs into account.

Animal welfare inspections based on suspicion

In situations where there is reason to suspect that an animal is cared or treated contrary to the Animal Welfare Act the animal welfare authorities have the right to conduct an animal welfare inspection at the target. Measures following the inspection depend on how serious the offence is.

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