Prevent the Killing of Strays in Neuquén
  • Petitioned Neuquén Government

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Neuquén Government
Governor Jorge Augusto Sapag
Lieutenant Governor Ana Maria Pechen
Minister of Health Ruben Daniel Vincent

Prevent the Killing of Strays in Neuquén

    1. Carin Zellerman
    2. Petition by

      Carin Zellerman

      Stockholm, Sweden

August 2010


The day that officials in Neuquén, Argentina planned to start killing 220 dogs a day, they called off the massacre. The stray dogs were going to be killed due to an outbreak of leptospirosis, but following public outcry (including protests staged around the country and emails from over 8,000 community members), government officials changed their minds and decided to clean up the city dumps where the disease is believed to have originated and to neuter and adopt out the stray dogs. It's a win-win solution: the dogs get to live and the residents get a cleaner city and some great companion animals.

Read the full story on the Animals blog.

Thousands of dogs will be killed in Neuquén, after an outbreak of two cases of human leptospirosis. It is not the first time the City decides to exterminate dogs. The council recently approved a proposal for the urgent implementation of an existing ordinance of dog control "in order to decrease the population of these animals". For a duration of four months, strays will be killed to prevent a potential spread of the disease. This includes the killing of healthy dogs and runaways.

Please urge the government to immediately halt these plans !

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