Thursday, 19 March 2009

Italy's 500,000 stray dogs

The papers here today are full of two truly horrible stories - the first is of a 10 year old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Sicily and a second similar story concerning a 24 year old German savagely attacked by dogs while walking on the beach and now in critical condition . According to the morning papers there are at least 500,000 stray dogs in Italy with the vast majority of them in the south - Calabria. Puglia and Sicily. Every summer thousands more are simply abandoned as their families go off on vacation and leave them by the side of the road. With local authorities short of funds there is simply no money here for the establishment of dog pounds or for looking after abandoned dogs.Add to all this a culture where hunters simply leave their dogs in the wild or poison them when they are too old to be of any further use and you have a major problem.

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