Should fines be issued to those who feed stray dogs?
- The issue is too complex for a simple yes/no answer
It’s two parks now that I’ve heard from good sources where signs have been posted prohibiting people to feed strays. One is the park next to Bagel Bagel, and the other one is downtown.(both parks are quite a ways away from one another…) Here’s a portion of two consecutive emails I received two days ago: (the sender is Chinese, and the emails are written in a second language, BTW.
This is the Alice who tried to save a one-cheek-missing dog but didn’t get to do it in time.
I would like to share with you what I have been doing to help with some dogs recently and also to ask you about one stray-dog-related problem that has been bothering me these days.
This might turn out to be a lengthy e-mail, so if you are busy, please save this to be read later (still as soon as possible) or just read the question part first. I am staying up this late because I believe the answer to the question is important… No matter what, thanks for taking your time.
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Many of my neighbors and I have been feeding the stray dogs who live in the small park in front of my home…until very recently. Most people stopped. Why? Because an official-looking sign showed up in the park, stating that it is ILLEGAL to feed stray dogs in parks… At first, some people thought it was okay to just feed the strays “outside” of the park. However, (below are what I heard from others) an authority in this community declared that even that is NOT acceptable and said that he will order people to take photos of whoever is doing that. So now it is like there is no one who is feeding the stray dogs.
To make things worse, it is said that dog catchers are called to hunt down the dogs in this park. Some of us stray-dog-lovers in this community got very worried about the prospect. So very late last night, after some talks, one of my neighbors and I took the three dogs that we are most familiar with and placed them at her place to avoid letting them be captured, should the dog catchers come very early.
I do not hope Animals Taiwan will change overnight after reading my previous e-mail,(The email asked why caring for mangled dogs while wasting potential to help more dogs) but just in case it has, maybe you guys can lend a hand to help save these dogs in the small park.
If not all of the dogs, I am hoping you guys can help with at least two of them. These two are the father and mother of the three dogs we have helped.
The father is limped from a car accident from before. He looks old, but still quite strong. I’m not sure of his actual age. He is friendly to most people, but he guards this place.
The mother is tail-less, which we believe is due to a tail-cutting act according a trend before that made the people then to believe that tail-less dogs look good. She is tensed and do not trust human beings, not even us who feed her and her family often. She never eats unless she is sure we are in a safe distance.
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You may ask why this family of dogs is so special. Here is the reason:
They are the only stray dog family that kept thus close to each other that I have ever seen. They have been living together at this park for as long as I can remember first seeing them here.
By “living together”, I mean eating together (for example, mama dog will give away the bone in her mouth to her pups if her pups do not yet have food), sleeping together (mama dog and pups sleep together on one spot, and papa dog will sleep at the entrance of the road to guard his family), playing together (I often see them playing some sort of merry-go-around-like game by all biting on a section of a long piece of tree branch or a towel)…
If you are willing to come, you can even see how now this mama dog, who is afraid of people, will try to come near the home of my neighbor where we kept her pups. She sometimes emits these barely audiable tearful squeaks as if she is trying to see if her pups are doing ok in there.
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We really want to help this whole family, inclusive of the papa dog and mama dog, but we do not have the required equipment.
If you can help catch these two dogs (if not all) and help them get the 8-in-1 shots (I think my neighbors -two of them- and I can together help pay for these two shots, but I cannot guarantee… I will have to ask them), we can help call the special dog catchers who work with an organization that take in healthy strays to take them away afterwards. This organization will only take in healthy strays only if they are immune with 8-in-1 and also if they are taken in by their special dog catchers.
There is this doctor who actually came to us to help administer the 8-in-1 shots for the three dogs today. If you can help to get those two dogs down, I believe it won’t be hard to ask the doctor to come help.
I know the chances of my request to become reality is slim, but I am giving it a try. There does not seem to be any other hope for them if other dog catchers come.
Thank you so much for reading this through.
Please act as soon as possible if this request is workable.
[b]I would like to point out that, in addition to my previous e-mail’s points, STRAY dogs are STRAY because they are abandoned by their previous owners or are later generations of strays. In a sense, NONE of the stray dogs are “lucky” just because they did not lose any part of their body.
Dogs have feelings and I believe they are hurt inside once they are abandoned. Second or later generations of strays might not know their parents’ past, but they are often looked down upon by people.
Just from the window of my home, I recently witnessed more than three times of people who have dogs of their own coming into this park and throwing stones, shoes, or whatever they can find unmercifully at these “stationed” stray dogs. It’s as if it’s a dog version of the unequalty of races.
Please consider my porposal.[/quote]
We will be helping with the capture of these dogs, FWIW, but that’s not the question. Why on earth would fines be issued to people who feed strays? :s Any suggestions on how to approach this problem?
Thanks in advance,