Police in the state of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil, are using drones to help them produce court evidence against animal abusers, whose crimes cannot escape the bird’s eye view perspective of a flying drone.
There are many situations here animal abuse takes place that are physically impossible to access w. In backyards full of clutter, chained to posts in some remote location, dogs languish in appalling situations. Drones eliminate the physical barriers to produce evidence that was sorely missing in animal abuse court cases.
Santa Catarina is the state in Brazil with the most effective domestic animal welfare policies in the country. The capital city, Florianópolis, has become a model of how to deal with animal homelessness.
In 2019, the city’s animal welfare department issued 780 fines for animal abuse. Besides paying a fine, which varies between US$120 and US$720, pet guardians need to improve the living conditions of the animal under their care. Besides, they are reported to police and have to face a court case.
In one particular instance, the people in charge of the animals were not primary and inspectors found out one of the animals had a serious health problem. “He had a serious urinary infection and no surgery had been arranged for,” he told G1.
In such cases, the animal is immediately confiscated to receive veterinary treatment. Once they are covered, they get a photo session and the images are uploaded to social networks in order to attract potential adopters.
Brazil has around 30 million animals living in the streets. It is a rough life, marked by hunger, thirst, disease and violence. The majority will pine away and die a slow, painful death. All over the country, animal advocates try to alleviate the problem with underfunded shelters. The lack of public policies such as Santa Catarina state has introduced means the impact of private citizens on what is a public problem remains small. The good news is that there has been a cultural change in the way Brazilians see street animals and an increasing number of people are adopting instead of buying breeds.