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Mayors partner with agencies to round-up stray dogs

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Stray dogs have run amuck throughout the island tearing up trash, chasing after children creating a nuisance throughout our village streets creating a problem our island mayors hope to gain a grip on.  

You see them running the streets in villages throughout the island sometimes in packs causing damage and creating a nuisance. There is no question that stray dog population is an increasing problem, a problem that the village mayors, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies hope to gain control of. "We have to keep the streets safe for the kids and the bikers and everybody that has a right to be out there without any fear of attack by stray dog," said Rudy Matanane, mayor of Yigo. "You don't see it until a lot of them what they call stray dogs come out of the boonies, and I'm telling you - they come out in packs and I think the smallest pack that I have ever seen is like four."

KUAM News took to the streets to see for ourselves just how bad the island's stray dog population is. But just as Mayor Matanane said finding them was no easy task. Those we did find did not travel alone and displayed signs of being skittish and showed mild aggression. "Actually, there are some here that are already starting to complain about the stray dogs there's a biker here that's complaining that there's a dog that just kind of jumped him when he was bike riding and almost got bit," he explained.

Today village mayors and those agencies involved with rounding up the strays met to organize their committee in hopes of getting everyone involved before the problem gets worse. "There's a lot of people here that are supposed to be helping with the stray dog problem that are kind of turning away from things like that but its all our responsibility," he said.

The Department of Agriculture only has three dog catchers, and so the only way to get a grip on the out of control animal population is to work together. "The more people that get involved with this kind of problem, the better. We can come up with better solutions better ways of fighting this stray dog problem," he said.

If you see a stray dog roaming your neighborhood, contact your village mayor for assistance. 

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