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Baghdad officials said Saturday that 58,000 stray dogs have been killed in and around the Iraqi capital over the past three months as part of a campaign to curb an increasing number of strays blamed for attacks on residents.
A statement released from the Baghdad provincial government said 20 teams, made up of police shooters and veterinarians, had been moving around Baghdad and the outer-lying regions daily looking for and putting down the strays. The operation, which was first announced in 2008, truly took off in April after funds were allocated.
The surge in strays — estimated by provincial officials to have reached 1.25 million — is ironically linked to what officials say is an improvement in some elements of daily life in Baghdad, a city that for seven years has been struggling to return to normalcy after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
Officials with the provincial veterinary directorate said the dogs are eating more and having bigger litters.
All the dogs I've seen on TV, pictures, and even pictures that some friends of mine had taken over there all seemed to be a brown short haired German Sheppard looking dog, with a slight resemblance to a dingo lol.
Originally posted by mishigas
Maybe the 58K killed in 3 months isn't large; I don't know, but the number of over a million strays in Baghdad is high, at least to me.