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Funding and legislation sought to reduce stray dog population

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Four years ago the Department of Agriculture estimated that there are 40,000 stray dogs roaming the islands streets and with a female dog being able to produce about six litters a year that number has increased significantly. Heading the initiative to round up the stray dog population, Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane has been in communication with the Governor's Office.

"We have a commitment from the administration that they are going to get funding actually I quoted them that we needed about $244,000 and that includes six new worker four permanent and two part-time," he said.

In addition to increasing manpower proposed legislation is also being drafted to make it mandatory for all female dogs neutered with the exception to registered dog breeders. It is Guam law that all dog owners register their animals and limits ownership to four dogs per home. 

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