28th February, 2011
I refer to an article which was published in the Times of Malta on the 18th February 2011, under the header ‘Pooch put to sleep as bureaucracy delays vital dog medicinal’ whereby the owner of the part-Labrador, Mr Ray Fenech, is reported as having stated that after he imported the necessary treatment product (K9 Immunity Plus) from the United States for his dog, he was informed that he needed an import licence that had to include the signatures of officials from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, which documents were never sent to him.
While the Authority can understand the pain and sadness that Mr Fenech and his family had to go through in having to put to sleep their dog, MEPA would like to clarify that it had never received a request, from either Mr Fenech or any other government department, for clearance from its end for the importation of this treatment. This product which Mr Fenech imported and falls under Chapter 23 of the Taric system, only requires the endorsement of the Veterinary Services.
The Authority is informed that when Mr Fenech enquired with the Customs Department to check which clearances he needed, he was informed that the only stamp required was that of the Veterinary services. The department never informed Mr Fenech that he needed a clearance stamp from MEPA.