By: Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The government will spend NT$1.9 billion (US$58.03 million) over the
next three years to help improve animal shelters in Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Sunday.
The announcement came in the wake of an apparent suicide by the head of a shelter in Taoyuan earlier this month who could no longer bear to put dogs and cats in the shelter to sleep as her job required.
Wang Chung-shu (王忠恕), deputy director of the COA’s Department of Animal Industry, said COA chief Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) felt sorry about the death of Chien Chih-cheng (簡稚澄).
Chien passed a veterinarian certification test after graduating from National Taiwan University and volunteered to work at the animal shelter in a remote part of Taoyuan along the city’s coast in 2010. [FULL STORY]