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24 de Abril del 2000

MANKIND'S FAITHFUL FRIENDS, THE DOGS OFTEN GET THROWN OUT ON THE STREETS. By Norman Herrera, Cuba Free Press.

Santiago de Cuba.- Those faithful animals, the dogs, such great friends of mankind, are being thrown out on the streets by their masters and have to wander about great distances, sniffing and searching through garbage cans for something, anything, to eat. Some may even find a charitable soul that might offer them food and shelter.

Some find themselves in this position because of communicable diseases such as leptospirosis, rabies, brucellosis, parasitic infestations, mange and others. Many, truth be told, can't be provided for by their families, who barely have enough food to save themselves. Yet others have been abandoned by people who move to other provinces or leave the country. The abandoned animals have to fend for themselves.

These dogs roam the streets. Some are a menace to the passersby. Others die under the wheels of a vehicle.

One story, totally lacking sensitivity, is about their being used for dog fights against boxers or bulldogs who were trained for that cruel "sport." Bets are placed on those matches, most frequently ending in the death or major injury of at least one of the animals, killed by the better trained or stronger one. There is also the story about cats being hunted down to feed those dogs.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals doesn't get involved in such cases of abuse, abandonment, exploitation and suffering.

After all, with Cubans going through such difficulties, who can be surprised at the sad lot of their animals?

Norman Herrera, Cuba Free Press


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