Stray dog population rockets
Plans to release spayed stray dogs in Erbil under review
ERBIL – In a recent development, the directorate of an Erbil shelter has put forth a proposal to reintegrate over a thousand sterilized stray dogs back into the community.
Zhiar Jalal, the head of Erbil Environmental Services, discussed with 964media that “the proposal is currently under review and has not yet been implemented, as the collection of stray dogs throughout the city is ongoing. To date, more than six thousand dogs have been gathered.”
To aid in this effort, two teams are dispatched daily across Erbil, resulting in over fifty stray dogs being collected each day.
In an initiative last December, a group of volunteer veterinarians from Turkey conducted spaying and neutering procedures on numerous dogs at the shelter.
Jalal highlighted the growing challenges faced by the shelter due to the increasing number of dogs, with monthly costs for dog collection and food transportation now surpassing 40 million dinars ($26,000).
The shelter distributes seven tons of food every day to accommodate the dogs.
This initiative to control the stray dog population in Erbil was launched in July last year.