58,000 Dogs Killed In Iraq
In the past three months alone, teams of veterinarians and police shooters have killed approximately 58,000 stray dogs in and around the Iraqi capital. This mass-killing of dogs comes on the heels of an increasing number of strays blamed for attacks on residents.
Here’s a real twist of irony: It is believed that with open-air markets and bustling city life returning, the dogs are able to find more food and are having bigger litters, causing an explosion in the canine population.
Figures for the number of attacks by packs of stray dogs were not available Saturday, the last day of the weekend in Iraq.
But officials said resident complaints have increased steadily in tandem with the rise in the stray population. In the capital, dogs have attacked children, in some cases killing them.
Before the teams move into an area, residents are notified and warned to not pick up meat they find on the ground because it could be the poisoned food used to lure and kill the dogs.
There are no known animal shelters in Baghdad.