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TCI Weekly News Article:
Residents need to play greater role in addressing issue of stray animals - Premier
Mon, Feb 08, 2016
BY OLIVIA ROSE RESIDENTS must play a greater role in addressing the growing population of emaciated stray animals in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
This is according to Premier Rufus Ewing who addressed the issue of stray dogs recently in the House of Assembly.
He said that while much has been done at the level of the Government citizens also have a responsibility to assist in curbing the problem.
"While we collectively agree that we have a problem with stray dogs throughout the Islands and stray donkeys in Grand Turk much has been done to address the issue of stray dogs but that much is still not good enough.
"The main causes of stray dog population are owned dogs that are permitted to roam freely, dogs that have been abandoned by their owners and uncontrolled breeding of owned and unowned dogs.”
He highlighted the need for more awareness campaigns to educate the public on this issue in hopes of bringing about the much needed cultural change.
"Of all the control measures education is the most important tool in our fight towards stray dogs’ population reduction.
"The animal health services division continues to say that the Islands do not have a stray dog problem per say but more aptly a people problem.
"Because we fail to spay and neuter our dogs, we neglect and abandon our dogs and we neglect to put up our fences and gates and keep our dogs on leash.”
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In the News:
For the sixth time this year the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TCSPCA) has hosted a successful spay and neuter clinic.
The clinic, which was held in Providenciales from November 2 to 6, means that all of the family islands have been visited by the team in 2015, a press release from the society read.
Dr. Meghann Kruck with her vet techs Andrea Burgeson and Kandace Akervik from Kindest Cut, a low cost high quality spay and neuter programme based in Minnesota, performed 107 surgeries during the five-day clinic.
This team spayed 41 dogs and 13 cats and neutered 42 dogs and 11 cats.
They also performed two eyelid tacking surgeries and ran numerous heartworm blood tests.
In addition to all the Providenciales animals, dogs and cats were shipped from North Caicos and Grand Turk to see the vet and have procedures done.
This was the sixth visit to the TCI by Kindest Cut this year. A team ran a clinic in Grand Turk in January and September plus another team was in North and Middle Caicos in April and another in South Caicos in May - A grand total of more than 600 surgeries for all the islands.
According to the release: 'Dr. Kruck is committed to arranging multiple visits a year to the TCI to provide professional vet care for the animals of the islands.