Two more goats sustained serious injuries and unfortunately had to be put down.
Posting on their Facebook page, the Cook Islands SPCA asked for people to either “commit” to owning a dog, or to not have them at all.
According to the post, if dogs are not fed properly or exercised daily, a “pack mentality” may develop, and “horrible mauling incidents” such as this one may occur.
The SPCA says that it is mainly “handfuls of uncared-for dogs” that join together and “instinctively hunt”. They say that these few uncared-for animals are tainting the reputation of the island’s dogs.
The SPCA estimates that there are approximately 6000 dogs on the island of Rarotonga, most of which are “well-loved family pets”.
Instead of following Aitutaki’s example of banning dogs entirely, the SPCA says that they choose to focus on educating dog owners, as well as raising money for a mass neutering project that they hope will see more than 1500 dogs neutered.
A dog trainer who has spent time volunteering for the Bali Animal Welfare Association says that the dogs in Rarotonga “have come a long way”, but the SPCA admits that there is still a lot of progress to be made.