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Re: Dogs and the law [Re: Marty] #388437
09/24/10 12:07 AM
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Gwen....
Baby steps are just that..it will probably take many years. We have made some progress with the locals understanding its not a sin to spay and neuter but still many still think that way. Yet what is amazing is that they think its OK to put new born puppies in a bag a dump them. We struggle everyday to educate owners on simple things, going to their houses explaining about worming, vaccines, nutrition and yes how to contain their dogs in a safe and humane manner yet still many, many villagers leave their dogs to the street, or as they say ..Giving Their dogs back to the street. Belize does have a leash law, but dont go to the Police as its a matter they wont address. People here are poor, cant feed their dogs and feel they have a better chance on the streets. You cant jump into a poor Country and change a Culture in any quick manner. On San Pedro go to SAGA if their is a problem animal, they are very good. If you have a neighbor with a nuisance dog the best step may be to offer to build him a fence, or a dog run, take him some literature explaining diseases the dog can get on the streets and bring home to his family. One family at a time, one dog at a time..educating one child at a time...and working with the Government to enforce its laws...will take awhile..

Re: Dogs and the law [Re: HUMANE SOCIETY] #388439
09/24/10 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by HUMANE SOCIETY
Gwen....
Baby steps are just that..it will probably take many years. We have made some progress with the locals understanding its not a sin to spay and neuter but still many still think that way. Yet what is amazing is that they think its OK to put new born puppies in a bag a dump them. We struggle everyday to educate owners on simple things, going to their houses explaining about worming, vaccines, nutrition and yes how to contain their dogs in a safe and humane manner yet still many, many villagers leave their dogs to the street, or as they say ..Giving Their dogs back to the street. Belize does have a leash law, but dont go to the Police as its a matter they wont address. People here are poor, cant feed their dogs and feel they have a better chance on the streets. You cant jump into a poor Country and change a Culture in any quick manner. On San Pedro go to SAGA if their is a problem animal, they are very good. If you have a neighbor with a nuisance dog the best step may be to offer to build him a fence, or a dog run, take him some literature explaining diseases the dog can get on the streets and bring home to his family. One family at a time, one dog at a time..educating one child at a time...and working with the Government to enforce its laws...will take awhile..


Thats all well and good but I have lived in places were the dogs were allowed to run. Many ended up turning wild and forming packs. In packs dogs become aggressive and dangerous and they had to be eliminated. We have had the same experience on North Ambergris Caye. We really need an animal control department to pick up all loose dogs and carry them to the pound until their owner comes for them. The Humane Society is really great but for it or SAGA to be effective there must also be animal control by the Town Council not just periodic poisonings which is very cruel and not effective. Loose dogs are a health hazard and should be treated as such.

Re: Dogs and the law [Re: Marty] #388440
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All these ideas of what should be done are not possibilities at this time, and yes we need a lot of things and a lot of folks have a lot of thoughts, One of the largest dog packs on the North end..over 14 dogs all stemmed from one woman's dogs that got out of control. Mike your thoughts are great, just not going to happen unless you got $$$$$$$$$$$$ also need Government approval.
We are going through a lot of frustration just getting the Police to take any type of dog complaint but we are making progress. We are making some progress in able to pick up nuisance dogs but cant without a police report. Talking about what should be done, that isnt realistic at this time isnt really doing anything. Unless your ready to put a few years of most your time Hopefully I live to see the day all these great ideas come to lite.

Re: Dogs and the law [Re: Marty] #388441
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I'm curious....North end, less people, less food, less socialization....survival of the fittest....just saying. South end, not so much of an issue.

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