The village strays are coming and going. This is a little worrying because although there still some around, others have completely disappeared. Mr A has established through the grapevine that some of these may have been shot by farmers here, the others have been dumped elsewhere.
We heard that some of them may have been taken to the industrial estate out on the main road, so we set off early to see if this was the case. We recognised one or two, but there are also many more dogs on the estate. We have decided to travel out to the industrial estate every day now to feed the dogs there. We have spoken to men working there who have promised to put out water for them. To be honest, I feel they are safer there than in our village. Someone has also been putting out slops in a container, which although doesn't look too appetizing, at least shows that someone cares enough to leave some food.
There are puppies amongst those we found. Two are being looked after by one of the workers in a large oil drum to keep them safe. We have promised food for them every day and we will also worm them. Three more puppies were fed and we will also worm them on our next visit.
Because Milas Belediye is not being very helpful about the problem at the moment, and I doubt they will be until after the local elections, Mr A and I are planning to drive over to Mugla within the next week to talk to the Governor of the Province. We are hoping to persuade him to put pressure on Milas Belediye to do something about these dogs...at least to implement the TNR (trap, neuter and release) programme, which they should be doing by law. Although our village does not yet come under the control of Milas Belediye, the industrial estate does, so hopefully this may work.
We took lots of photos this morning as Mr A wants to show these to the Governor, but I thought I would share them here too:
|Mum and baby|
|This one has an ear clip which indicates it has been neutered, so either dumped by someone in Milas or came here by himself|
|2 pups being kept safe by in an oil drum by one young man. We will feed every day and worm them|