The fact is that SAGA could have put the dogs down humanely and were not given the opportunity. It is amazing how people invent their own facts.
Absolutely! I think everyone here understands that something has to be done. Stray dogs running all over, defecating and attacking people and dogs on leashes is not acceptable, but there is a wrong way and a right way to go about dealing with the problem.
To those who say that the US has "pounds" and "dog catchers", yes, that is true. But when dogs must be "eradicated" in the US because they are not adoptable or taken in by a rescue organization (of which there are MANY in the US), humane euthanasia by injection is used. The dogs are not killed in a painful and cruel manner by poison. There's a BIG difference.
Saga offered to help and can perform humane euthanasia. The SPTB, Mayor, and Health Department chose to do it "their way", a way that doesn't belong in a civilized society in the 21st century.
No one is telling tourists not to come here -- they are figuring out on their own that this is not a place they want to come. The powers that be here have only made it easier for potential tourists to choose another vacation destination by this short-sighted action.