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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Out of control

This morning Mr A went up to the industrial estate on his own to feed the dogs.  He phoned me shortly after he arrived, almost in a state of shock, as more than 50 dogs were there.

I can only imagine that word has got around that we are feeding the dogs and people are dumping them there.   He had our large plastic box which contains about 5kg of dried food and fortunately another 10kg sack in the boot of the car.   He used it all.

The mum with the remaining 7 pups are all doing well, as are the two black puppies.  Sadly the person who had said they would adopt one of the black pups, or possibly both, has changed their mind, so we are back to square one on that.

It's all quite overwhelming.  We will have to cut back on what we are feeding the dogs because we simply don't have the money.

On his return to the village he came across a man who was canvassing for votes for his party in the upcoming local elections.  He is in opposition to the party that seems to be the favourite of members of our village.  (You will note here that I am not going to name particular parties, because of the recent news that there will be even more censorship on the internet than we already have, so I don't want to get into any political stuff on here, or I may risk my blog being blocked).

These party members are anxious to get votes, so they will go out of their way to offer any assistance to the locals which might persuade them to vote for them.   This same man was in the village a few days ago and was walking around examining the state of the roads.  He reached the bottom of our road, which we had been informed recently would not be repaired.  Mr A went out to talk to him and it seems his party will pay for our stretch of road, and a few others, to be resurfaced.  Naturally, Mr A has given him the impression that he will vote for his party (he won't!).

So Mr A approached him today and told him about the problem with the dogs on the industrial estate and that we need the Milas Belediye to take some responsibility.  The man has promised to talk to the Belediye tomorrow.  We are also intending to visit there tomorrow because we want some sort of agreement from them.

We are hoping that with our help, they may agree to round up all the female dogs from the estate and take them to the nearest belediye shelter, because this seems to be the only way there is a chance of them being spayed and kept reasonably safe.   Obviously it would be good if all the dogs could be neutered but the females are the most urgent.  If the numbers keep increasing, then maybe more of them will have to go to the shelter.  It's not ideal (these shelters aren't the best of places), but it is impossible for us to look after so many.  I also fear for the safety of these dogs if too many settle on the industrial estate.   People will get fed up with them and may well decide to dispose of them.

My heart breaks for these dogs, but I am also angry.   There are just so many of them, moving around from one place to another, scavenging and fighting each other for food, sick and lonely, suffering because no-one wants them and those with any authority in this bloody country don't care enough to tackle the problem head-on.



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  1. This is dreadful...those poor desperate animals.
    I do hope you get some help from the authorities in Milas.

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    1. I hope so too Helen. I'm glad Mr A went alone today because I think I would have been so overwhelmed. At least now I am prepared for tomorrow.

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  2. people need to no whats happening to animals in other countries,i go to the dog pound when in marmaris with their goodies x

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    1. It's a lovely thing to do when you're here Brenda, and the dogs really appreciate human contact don't they? xxx

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  3. I made such a sharp intake of breath when I read this I almost choked! Oh my...oh my. Well let's just hope that the forthcoming elections do provide the means of addressing the problem of all those strays, Ayak. You simply can't be responsible for them all. Good luck Axxx

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    1. Thanks Annie. I wish these bloody elections were out of the way. Everyone working for the councils seem to be tied up with them, including those who should be responsible for addressing this problem. Fingers crossed we can then get them to take some action, if not before.

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  4. I don't know what to say to this post - You must be wondering what you have taken on. I'll ring when I am back.

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    1. It started out in such a small way BtoB. I should have known it would escalate. How can it not with so many dogs out there? Thanks to some donations tonight as a result of this post, we will be stocking up with more sacks of food tomorrow, and hope we can continue to feed these dogs until a better solution is found. (Look forward to hearing from you when you get back xxx)

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  5. It is shocking to think that may dogs are running wild. Hopefully no one gets hurt. So sad that people don't take care of their responsibilities.

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    1. It's usually the dogs that get hurt rather than the people Kelleyn. They can get quite used to people throwing stones at them or kicking them. It's out of an irrational fear I'm afraid that is part of this culture. The dogs only become aggressive when they are hungry and people are cruel to them. You're right, most don't want the responsibility.

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  6. Dogs in packs and hungry can be dangerous also. I agree with you, the females as a matter of urgency must be housed in the dog shelter. Even here in Kusadasi, there are pups everywhere and I understand totally how overwhelming it is. There is only so much we can do. I wish Turkish people would take more responsibility, but most turn a blind eye. To them the street dogs and cats are vermin as we have discussed before, they don`t see them as living souls. When I first came here as a young girl in the mid 80`s you did not see too many dogs and cats around, because the Belediye had them poisoned. Now because of this new law which prevents cruelty of any kind to an animal (it still goes on though!), there are more strays than ever. Poisoning can NEVER be acceptable and there have been cases recently in Kusadasi of cat poisonings. These poor animals need to be spayed and cared for. If the Belediye want them put back on the street, they must ensure it is in a place were they are likely to be fed. Dogs cannot forage for food like cats. The whole problem is totally heartbreaking. I, like you do what I can, but it needs teams of volunteers both Turkish and ex Pats to tackle the problem and of course with help from the local authorities.
    Keep your chin up and I hope your meeting is fruitful, they may make promises, but they need to keep them,.F.XXXXX

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    1. The females are definitely most urgent Fleur. This morning there were far less dogs on the estate, we think because 2 or 3 females are in season and have probably run off somewhere, with the males following. No doubt they will return when they are hungry. Mr A has tried to make an appointment with the belediye this morning, but they are "too busy", so he has enlisted the help of our Muhtar who has spoken to the belediye vet. He has promised to spay the females, but when, who knows? In any case Mr A and the Muhtar are continuing to try to see the head of the belediye in Milas within the next few days. Fingers crossed we can get some action soon.

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  7. This is so sad, Ayak, both for the animals you've been feeding and for the new ones. I'm sure you're right that they've been dumped so that you feed them rather than their owners. Grr! All the best with your pursuit of the authorities to do their duty.

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    1. The problem is that these dogs on the streets have no owners...never have had. They were born on the streets to dogs also born on the streets...going back generations. Unless the local authorities in all areas implement the Trap Neuter and Return programme, which they are obliged to do by law, then the problem will just continue to escalate. But many of them don't abide by the law. Dogs turn up everywhere...people don't want them around so they'll herd them into a vehicle and dump them elsewhere. It is truly heartbreaking

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