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Commenting article: Sofia's Stray Dog Problem? Learn from LA!

Dear editor,

Following is a piece of news that the governing bodies in Sofia could do well to look at as a means of helping with the stray dog problem in Bulgaria.

LA Council Votes to Ban Sales in Pet Stores
By LAdogs on November 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, News

kuzmanov - 12 Nov 2012 // 15:23:51

Hi Brian,
Purebred puppies sold through the pet store chain undoubtedly contribute to the local pet overpopulation problem. And reducing the pet supply and demand will certainly reduce the overall local dog population dynamics. So I aggree with that. However, purebred grown ups in Bulgaria just create a hidden overpopulation of companions offered through "given for free" ads rather than join the street and shelter overpopulation. Solving the particular street dog problem requires to adequately address the source of strays, namely subpopulation of latch-key dogs. And Bulgarian authorities should learn from the British experience described by Louisa Tasker in its 2007 report entitled "Stray Animal Control Practices: Europe". New legislation adopted ca. 1990 required local authorities across UK to appoint animal control officers known as "dog warden services". Their leading role in influencing the pet owners' responsibility in order to reduce dog roam and unplanned dog breeding was unquestionable.
-- Emil Kuzmanov

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