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.