Hundreds Of Dogs Poisoned And Shot

Baghdad authorities killed more than 200 stray dogs on Sunday, the opening day of a campaign to cull dog packs roaming the Iraqi capital that was prompted by a spate of fatal attacks on residents.

Three teams of veterinarians and police officers used poisoned meat and rifles to kill the animals, said Dr. Hassan Chaloub, an official at the veterinary hospital supervising the effort. He said the capital has no dog shelters.

The campaign started Sunday in western Baghdad and will move to the eastern half of the city early next year.

Thirteen people died in August alone in the capital after being attacked by dogs, according to Baghdad's provincial council, which is overseeing the campaign.

People in some neighborhoods have been too frightened to go outside when the dogs are present.

"For many days, people, including me, could not go to work in the morning because of these dogs," said Jinan Abdul-Amir, who lives in the Sadiyah neighborhood in southwest Baghdad. "I came here today to the veterinary hospital to file a complaint."

Under Saddam Hussein, authorities killed stray dogs in the capital almost every year, but the practice ended with his ouster in 2003.
Since then, local officials estimate, the number of strays in Baghdad has grown to more than a thousand.

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  • by britt on Nov 24, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    why didn't the residents do something?
  • by C on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    Hey, ??? : Great point, but that kind of plan would send the liberals into a hissy fit. We'll just have to be satisfied with the 2 legged dogs not knowing who's armed and who's not. Thank God for CCW laws, eh ?
  • by Thomas Location: Jacksonville, NC on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    Only 200? Putting down 200 Wadi-Dogs is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. I guess its the effort that counts!
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 23, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    America has thousands of 2 legged dogs wandering the streets every night(and day) attacking its citizens. I wonder if they have considered this tactic?
  • by Mr. Bob on Nov 23, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    Sad but then again it's a safety issue.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Nov 23, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    That was a sick way of doing that.They should have eat the meat themself.

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