Dogs at the Cusco shelter with a volunteer
Since our last update, the issue of dog overpopulation in Cusco has been featured in the national news in Peru. At the end of 2018, an unfortunate incident involving stray dogs was featured in La Republica, one of the two main national newspapers found in the country.
The story covered an occurrence in one of the Cusco district’s rural communities, where a flock of sheep was attacked by a pack of twelve dogs, known to roam the area in search of food. Ten sheep were killed during the attack and another twenty gravely injured. The local community members were very unsettled by the incident and reported to the newspaper that they had informed authorities of other attacks previously to one, but the authorities had taken no action.
This episode brought to light the larger issue of dog welfare and overpopulation in the region and incited farther discussion. The story spread on social media, where many citizens criticised the authorities for ignoring the problem. Some called for the stray dogs to simply be exterminated, where others argued for the animals’ rights, explaining that the dogs were only acting on their instincts and trying to survive. Many locals hold the same belief as Globalteer that it is our duty to help these animals, and that a sterilization campaign is needed to address the overpopulation. Only this way can we reduce their suffering and also help protect the economic interests of local farmers with livestock who may be in danger from roaming, hungry dogs.
Although the issue may have only been featured in one article, the fact that it is reaching a national audience gives us hope that it will continue to receive attention. And seeing other voices standing up for the dogs is also encouraging; any solution to a problem so severe will require a network of supporters and cooperation from various entities. It is our hope that we will be an integral part of the solution for the wonderful dogs in Cusco.
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Cusco dogs scavenging for food
Shelter dog with a new toy!