Originally Posted by jennyranson
Thanks for your thoughts. As I said before, these are feral dogs who roam in packs and some of them are 2nd and 3rd generation feral so are completely unsocialised. They fight and injure themselves and are generally half starved. People here do not microchip - those who have pet dogs would never let them out - they know what would happen. There is no shelter as such - the patrols go out, catch as many as they can, take them back and euthanise them. It is brutal but they have no other solution. My friend works to save puppies if she can get them, and has so far managed to catch and train over 60 young dogs and then rehome them, not here but in neighbouring countries once they have got their papers. She is amazing. That is why I gave her the puppy I found.
I applaud your friend for her noble efforts. 60 dogs have a bright future because of her, and it sounds like it's very likely many more to come. What a wonderful accomplishment.
Your animal control people are doing a difficult, depressing, but necessary task. All to often people in more western parts of Europe, North America, Australia, etc. have little knowledge or understanding of the lasting impact of the ravages of war and the risks that can be imposed by these animals. It is so tragic, but without a miraculous influx of enormous financial and personnel resources, this type of extermination program is the only viable approach. It's easy to forget, particularly when watching from a distance, the huge costs involved in providing housing, food and care for feral animals. It's terribly sad, but in areas with such limited public resources it would be irresponsible to redirect those resources to such a cause. As I mentioned before, it's good to see that they have found a way to make some good come out of this (the vet training.)
Having been involved with animal control, animal related public health issues, rescue groups, shelters, SART, animal legislation, and other animal related areas for many years I've seen far to many people who let their ideology interfere with reality. Having high ideals, goals, and dreams can be wonderful things and can help overcome many obstacles, but it is also essential to have an understanding of realistic limitations and the conflicts which may be present with other programs, policies, and the needs of different individuals and groups.
I wish you and your countrymen the best and hope the recovery programs are going reasonably well.