For mistreatment or death of their owners, Justice sends animals to zoonoses

From the beginning of this year through April, the Federal District’s Directorate of Environmental Monitoring (Dival) took in 13 dogs and cats that were sent to the site by court order. In this case, the animals are generally transferred to the member upon the death of the teacher, blocking of spaces or abuse.

Animals access zoonoses through two alternatives: justice determination or epidemiological linkage. In the second case, the animals are suspected of posing a public health risk. The site does not serve as a shelter and does not collect animals from the streets.

In 2021, 496 animals arrived at the organ, of which 68 were court-ordered. In the previous year, when the Covid-19 pandemic began, the foundation received 214 dogs and cats bound for the site by court order.

“Last year, we got such a large sum due to environmental monitoring measures, during which about 250 dogs raised by a crowded lady were rescued. Among the animals that lived there, some were sent to us,” says Dival Director Isaías Silva Chianca.

Should the court need to act, the animals are then subjected to clinical observation for 10 days to check for symptoms of rabies and are screened for visceral leishmaniasis. If no diseases are recognized, they receive rabies vaccine and worm and tick control. Then it is made available for adoption.

For those suspected of a public health risk, usually dogs showing symptoms of rabies, a referral from the SUS or a report from a veterinarian should be required. With documentation in hand, teachers or people affected by animals (that have been bitten, for example) can transfer the animals to zoonoses.

Dival Director stresses that zoonoses are not a suitable environment for healthy animals. “The ideal is not to have to take in any animals, because we don’t have the structure or the protocols to ensure their well-being and health. Our focus is different: preventing the spread and transmission of diseases to humans,” says Chianca.

In search of a new home

Dival has 33 animals waiting for a new milestone, 14 dogs and 19 cats. They arrived at the agency between September 2021 and March of this year.

According to a survey conducted by the foundation, last year, 125 zoonotic dogs and cats were adopted, and in 2020, 516 animals were adopted. “It is important for people to be aware of the responsibility they bear when adopting a pet. Isis emphasizes that abandonment is one form of abuse they can be subjected to.”

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To take a pet home, you must be over 18, and provide identification and proof of residency, as well as a collar, if dogs are adopted, or a cat transport box.

On selection of the animal, the interested party receives full guidance from the servant and signs the responsible incubation period, assuming an obligation to provide all care and assistance to the animal’s health.

Those who prefer, can adopt through the NGO Amigos da Zoonoses, a group of volunteers registered with the DF Ministry of Health who look after the health and welfare of animals to facilitate adoption. To do this, simply access the website and answer a form with questions about how to care for and live with your dog or cat. Then the adoption takes place with the volunteer team.

Dival is located in the sector of the Northern Secluded Areas (Sain), plot 4, Estrada do Contorno Bosque, northwest. Visiting times are from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.


The Institute of Oceanic Brasilia (Ibram) is the body responsible for monitoring abused animals in the Federal District. According to the data recorded by the foundation, the teams rescued about 384 attacking animals in the first quarter of 2022.

Animal abuse is characterized by abandonment, excessive work, living in unsanitary places, lack of veterinary assistance, abuse or cruelty, training without attention to physical and psychological signs and inadequate transportation.

Law No. 6.698 / 2020 states that, depending on the severity of the situation, anyone caught abusing an animal – whether domestic or not – can be warned, caught and fined up to 40 minimum wages.

In addition, the legislation tightens penalties against offenders. The text defines the offender as being responsible for veterinary medical expenses necessary to recover the injured animal. Two other points highlighted by Brasília Ambiental are: the impossibility of the aggressor being the guardian of another animal of any kind for three to five years and the obligation to participate in training courses on topics related to animal dignity and protection.

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