Vital veterinary equipment, including trapping cages, to be used in PAL’s humane management programme for street dogs in the West Bank has been “held to ransom”, resulting in the launch of an urgent appeal by the charity to make up the extra costs.
Two shipments, one from the UK and one from the US, were sent via international carrier, FedEx, in December 2015. The PAL team paid the £850 quoted at the time for the goods to be delivered to the West Bank, ready for the TNVR project to start in early February. But the goods failed to arrive.
Held at Tel Aviv airport in Israel until they were finally handed over to the PAL team this week, officials refused to release the equipment until PAL had paid an additional £1,182 for dubious charges; including “computer fees” and “airport fees”. In total, the cost of delivery was more than double the original quote, with no explanation for the either the new charges or the unacceptable delay. On raising concerns with FedEx, the team has been ignored.
Given the failure of the carrier and Israeli airport officials to engage with PAL, the team now urgently needs to make up the costs, which form a significant part of the project budget; destined to help street dogs in need.
Said Ahmad Safi, Executive Director:
“We have overcome the many obstacles thrown in our way during the planning stages of this project – we did not expect it to be easy but the financial implications of this latest set back are significant and we are asking for urgent support to ensure that dogs do not suffer as a result”.
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