Following a report by 964media
Poisoning of stray dogs in Tuz Khurmatu sparks investigation
TUZ KHURMATU, February 2–A report published last week by 964media highlighting the poisoning of stray dogs in Tuz Khurmatu has prompted official responses and an investigation into the matter. The report suggested that veterinary officials in the district were using poisoned meat to kill the dogs.
A committee from the Salahaddin Veterinary Directorate visited the Tuz Khurmatu Veterinary Directorate to request clarification regarding the methods used to cull the dogs. The committee has asked for immediate evidence that the dogs in Tuz Khurmatu were euthanized using specific pills, with a directive to verify within one week that the animals were disposed of using these pills.
Zina Haider, the Director of the Tuz Khurmatu Veterinary Department, told 964media, “We were previously informed that for the euthanasia of these dogs, specific pills should be administered, making their disposal easier compared to poisoning, which takes more than half an hour to take effect.”
Haider also mentioned the financial challenges faced in procuring the euthanasia pills, as they receive no assistance and must bear the costs themselves. Consequently, they have been unable to purchase them, priced at 2,500 Iraqi dinars each.