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Failure dogs desex programmes

Wednesday August 29, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Dogs play on the beach at Muri. Desexing programmes take the wrong approach and they won’t work, a letter writer says. 18082813 Dogs play on the beach at Muri. Desexing programmes take the wrong approach and they won’t work, a letter writer says. 18082813

Dear Editor,

They say the definition of stress is to do the same thing year after year and expect a different result. 

Well I see the latest “desex the dogs” programme is following this definition. How many times have they announced, “we are going to rid the dogs of their vitals and save the community from their pack roaming and barking etc”. 

Then they sit in their sterile castles and wait and wait and wait. The people who are concerned and actively want to improve the situation have already made the trek across the island to deliver their dogs and have afterwards taken them home care for them and give them a good happy life. 

The ones roaming the streets belong to people who don’t read the newspaper, don’t care about the number of dogs on the island and don’t have the wherewithal to make the connection that the young pup who just had a litter – a litter they can’t feed and don’t want, is going to have many more litters if they don’t do something?.

How about the animal people take a different approach and go to the source of the problem and sort it out from there?

For many years the Esther Honey animal clinic and the SPCA have waited for people to turn up with their dogs and the same old problem is still there.

How about asking Public Health to borrow their idle mobile health clinic bus to visit the back roads and local village community centres and set up a quick snip and tuck shop for our four legged friends, then get volunteers armed with food to entice roaming dogs to them for surgery? 

There is probably some legal politically correct legislation around somewhere, that says you can’t do this unless someone says you can. But really do you think you will change the problem with the same old methods that reach only the converted?

It’s time to change the format, get out into the community. You don’t need the most perfectly sterile unit for it to be successful, just a clean and easy-to-access table and a room.

            Nip & Tuck Operation

            (Name and address supplied)