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On brink of being euthanized, stray dogs saved by animal lovers

On brink of being euthanized, stray dogs saved by animal lovers

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Fifty stray dogs in a shelter in Hualien County that were due to be put to sleep on Tuesday have gotten a reprieve after dog lovers came to their rescue. More than a dozen people visited the shelter on Monday to adopt the stray dogs, including a person from Tainan who adopted 40 adult dogs and puppies, after news of the dogs' pending demise was given prominent coverage in the local media. The Hualien animal disease control center said each of the 22 kennels in the shelter can accommodate between four and six dogs, but because the county government has not euthanized any dogs over the past six months, the facilities have been stretched to their limit.
The kennels have been overwhelmed after having to take on an additional two or three dogs, resulting in attacks among the dogs due to the cramped space. Many of the dogs have been injured in the process, and the shelter was forced to pick out 50 dogs, generally the animals most seriously injured, to be put to sleep. Huang Ching-jung (???), secretary-general of the ROC Animal Protection Association, said the sterilization rates of Taiwan's dogs and cats are only 40 percent, compared with 90 percent in Europe and the United States. The pace of animal adoption has not kept up with high fertility rates, which has inevitably resulted in shelters for stray animals being overwhelmed, Huang said. He said "zero euthanasia" policies mean well, but having dogs and cats live in cramped spaces "will not make them happier." (By Lee Hsien-fong and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:45 GMT+08:00