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Solution sought for Tala stray dogs

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By Bejay Browne
TWO hunting dogs which were dumped at a complex in Tala village in Paphos last week may be put to sleep in the next two days unless a shelter willing to take them can be found, according to local residents.
Tala complex resident Michelle Guest told the Cyprus Mail on Monday that three hunting dogs were dumped out of a truck in the early hours of Thursday morning, one has since wandered off.
“Another resident saw it happen but didn’t realise they were being left there at the time,” she said. “The two dogs which remain – a dog and a bitch – have been neglected and although they are not tied up, are staying in the car park under the complex.”
Although obviously neglected, both dogs are friendly and eager for human interaction, said Guest.
The animal lover contacted all of the local dog shelters and charities as well as the government vets and the local municipality, but she says that no-one was willing to take the animals on.
“Unfortunately, unless a solution is found the dogs will be taken to he government vets to be put to sleep,” she said.
Guest already has two rescue dogs of her own and a number of other residents on the complex have pets and are unable to take care of the animals.
The resident noted that as most of the 58 units at the complex are occupied during the summer months, and many residents are unhappy about the dogs being there and have put up notices not to feed them.
But Guest and another resident continue to feed and water the animals, as they believe not too would be cruel.
Some of the residents visited Tala community board on Monday morning, as the government vet said they were unable to take the dogs as the responsibility falls on the local municipality.
But the residents were informed that Tala community board was unable to take the animals as they have nowhere to put them. The village doesn’t have a dog pound.
“No government funds have been made available to us, and as I understand it, before we can get this money we have to have a dog shelter first, Tala councilor John Moffat said, adding that this would entail finding volunteers.
Moffat said he had also managed to secure a promise from the community leader, Areti Pieridou, to pay a local charity 100 euros to take each dog.
“I hope the charity will accept this, but I have to make it clear that this is a one-off offer and is not setting a precedent for any similar problems in the future.”
He stressed that a permanent solution must be found as there are tens of stray and pet dogs wandering the streets of the village causing numerous problems.

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