Dog Eradication in San Pedro July 10th, 2012

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We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to those who lost their beloved pets two nights ago during a dog eradication conducted by the city.  One of the dogs killed was one of our patients.  Whitey, pictured here.  Whitey was treated for parvo about 6 months ago.  He suffered for days with the disease but he survived, at great expense to his owner.  It is truly a tragedy that he and the other 30-odd dogs poisoned two nights ago have lost their lives.

For those of you who do not live here in Belize it will be hard to imagine, but for those of us who do live here, dog eradications are events that we all dread.
The way I see it, the fact that this happened here again is a huge failure for San Pedro.  In a town with so many resources for animals, there is no reason that this should ever happen.  The fact that it did is an illustration of what happens when we all refuse to work together.  If Saga Humane Society, the San Pedro Animal Hospital, and the Town Council could work together on this problem this would never need to happen again.  One thing that I have noticed since moving here almost four years ago is how difficult it is to get people and organizations in San Pedro to work together for the greater good of us all.  This needs to change.
Everyone is in an uproar over this eradication.  How can this happen.  How can we stop this.  But the humane society and myself have been constantly trying to warn the public for years of what needs to be done and it has fallen on deaf ears.  Spay and neuter your pets.  DON’T LET YOUR PETS ROAM.  And yet how many in tact breeding animals do we still have?  How many dogs are knowingly left to roam the streets by their owners?
If you really want to stop dog eradications there is a simple answer.  Every single pet owner needs to make sure his or her dog is at home at all times.  Build a fence.  Use a tie system.  Buy an invisible electric fence.  Do whatever it takes.  If you don’t the dogs will continue to roam and cause problems in the community leading to complaints to the Mayor’s office, which leads to an eradication.
It’s not a mystery.  It’s not rocket science.  I know we all hate to see dogs tied up, but you have to keep your dog at home.

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