Roderick Cordina, head of the government’s animal welfare branch in Gozo, has taken a leave of absence due to staffing issues, prompting concerns from animal activists.
The Gozo SPCA highlighted that the majority of animals brought to their shelter came from Animal Welfare Gozo (AWG), which offered 24/7 emergency services for injured strays.
‘We have no idea what will happen now’, Gozo SPCA wrote on social media in an official statement.
However, due to understaffing, the service has been intermittently unavailable over the past month, leaving uncertainty about the future.
Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina confirmed Cordina’s leave of absence and expressed dismay over the situation, emphasising the challenge of finding dedicated individuals in the animal welfare sector.
Bezzina called for greater investment in human capital to attract and retain qualified personnel.
Supporters expressed frustration with the government’s perceived lack of prioritization for animal welfare. They praised Cordina for his dedicated efforts, but noted that he faced challenges due to insufficient resources and support.