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If you feed a stray dog three times, it's legally yours

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 9:57 AM Updated:

Did you know of the 60,000 dogs on Guam, over a third are strays? Though spaying and neutering is the number one way to control these populations, residents feeding the strays are also part of the problem.

Every village has them. A stray dog, or two, or three... or maybe even a pack of them. Maybe, out of sympathy, you fed them your leftovers. But, did you know, that doing this three consecutive days or more qualifies that animal as yours?

Guam Animals in Need Executive Director Alison Hadley says Guam law is specific, adding, "Technically speaking, you take responsibility for that animal." A 2014 survey conducted by the Humane Society International counted 24,500 stray dogs on island.

That number sound too big? A single female dog can have up to three litters a year. Each litter is about five to six pups, depending on breed. That adds up.

"Do your best not to feed the stray animals unless you're trying to catch them, because it kind of creates a big community in your area and not everybody enjoys that," Hadley recommended. So what can you do?

She continued, "It's one of those battles that as hard as you're fighting it, you may not see immediate results; just because they can procreate so quickly, and so it's just a matter of a multi faceted change. It needs to be a change in the way community views the situation, so that means spaying and neutering your personal pets. If you do have a community dog that you feed they should really be spayed and neutered, too."

Cost often deters pet owners from spaying and neutering their furry family members. GAIN has a low cost spay and neuter clinic that charges - just $50 per animal.

For more information, call GAIN at 653-4246.

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