Dog over population is a global dilemma. It’s estimated that there are well over 50 million dogs in the U.S. and over 500 million worldwide. Millions, yes millions are homeless.
It’s also estimated that up to 2/3 of these dogs are from back yard breeders. While there are some reputable BYB’s most pump out puppies with little or no care just to make a quick buck. They are called puppy mills. The puppies that don’t get sold are dropped off at the local dog pound or discarded on the streets or killed. These discarded dogs are creating a feral dog problem, not only here but globally.
As far back as 2003 National Geographic News reported on this growing crisis;
"Packs of wild dogs roam America's city streets and backcountry roads. Lingering on the edge of domestication, they live in dilapidated buildings, old cars, and sewers— anywhere that will shelter them from summer's blistering heat or winter's bitter cold.
Some are abandoned pets; others were born on the streets. In order to survive, these social creatures form packs, scavenging garbage or killing livestock in teams.
In rural communities, wild dogs attack livestock, angering farmers who commonly shoot them. A survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service in 1999 found that feral dogs were partly responsible for killing cows, sheep, and goats worth about U.S. 37 million dollars.
Farms aren't the only place where these animals may be found. Low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in cities like Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, are being overrun by tens of thousands of unwanted dogs, says Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue in St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that saves street dogs.
The problem started in the 1980s, Grim said, springing from a combination of increased dog fighting, dogs being bred for aggressiveness, and reduced animal control. Compounding the problem, he said, is that America's poorest neighborhoods do not have veterinarians or animal shelters.
In Detroit, packs of free-roaming dogs have posed such a danger that a postal service spokesman said they considered stopping mail delivery to some areas last year because carriers were "constantly being bitten" or injured eluding vicious animals.
In St. Louis, a 10-year-old boy was attacked and killed two years ago by a pack of stray dogs. Police Chief Ron Henderson told the St. Louis Post Dispatch: "They were feeding off this kid. I've seen over 1,500 bodies but I've never, never seen anything like this. Nobody has."
And it's not just a problem in the United States—it's worldwide.
According to some estimates, the current world population of domestic dogs may be as high as 500 million, of which a substantial, although unknown, proportion is free-roaming.
There have been news reports of feral dogs causing havoc in Australia, India, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey."
Unfortunately we haven’t made a lot of progress taking care of this problem. The high profile case of Michael Vick put the dog fighting issue in the headlines for a while but this disgusting illegal “sport’ continues to flourish. These low life scum train fighting dogs by abusing them to bring out aggression and they tie up “bait dogs” for them to rip apart. When their fighter no longer wins, they either kill it or discard it or turn it into a bait dog.
Dogs can be abused or put in danger a number of ways. We often feel helpless when we become aware of a bad situation concerning a dog. So what do we do?
I suggest you visit http://www.aspca.org/Home/Fight-Animal-Cruelty.aspx for some ways you can help. We as dog lovers must get involved and speak for those who can’t speak for themselves! Help stop the madness!
Call your local police or animal control!