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Residents need peace of mind, stray dogs need loving homes

Calling on animal welfare organisations and concerned authorities to step in and find strays loving homes

  • By Fatima SuhailGulf News reader
  • Published: 20:07 January 25, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Stray dogs are creating havoc in Ajman, by terrorising children and tearing apart bags of garbage. PHOTO:GULFNEWS ARCHIVE

We have been residing in the Al Taawun area in Sharjah for almost a year now.

Recently I have spotted many stray dogs around the area. The problem arises during the night as the dogs usually bark loudly, disturbing the residents in the vicinity.

Moreover, they usually relieve themselves in sandy patches where residents walk, park their vehicles and the children play. It is a serious cause for concern for many of us and we wish to have a permanent solution found for this problem.

Furthermore, many of man’s best friends appear to be quite underfed and highly malnourished.

I feel that some of these strays would prove great pets, provided they get a loving home and the required amount of care from their owners.

Through this report, I hope the authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure these dogs are either taken to an animal shelter or put up for adoption and placed in loving homes with owners who genuinely care for them.

At the moment, these animals are at great risks of being run over by speeding cars in the area and should be rescued by the concerned authorities or animal welfare organisations.

In doing so, these dogs will become great companions to someone and the residents here will be able to sleep peacefully.

 

The reader is based in Sharjah.

 

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Comments (1)

  1. Added 12:39 January 26, 2013

    I am a Sharjah resident and stray dogs are not the only problem where we are - the stray cat population beggers belief. The reason for this being the selfish individuals who not only 'dump' their unwanted cats in our area, but ex-residents who think it's really cute keeping a cat at home - and then simply leaving it in our compund when they move away because they either a) don't want to pay for a costly pet relocation or b) simply can't be bothered to try to find the animal a new home. In the summer of 2011, the municipality cleared out all of the stray cats in our area, but missed out one particular 'queen' who had not been 'spayed' - over the past 18 months she has bred at a prolific rate and we have no fewer than 15 strays now hanging around our compound at all hours of the day. The mess they make, and the noise at night from fighting is horrendous to say the least. The best solution for this problem is for the authorities to launch a nation-wide sterilisation programme for all stray animals, and to seriously tighten up import regulations to stop people bringing yet more cats and dogs into the country - Period.

    Sarah Louise, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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