Number of Stray Dogs in Sarajevo significantly reduced

September 7, 2017 1:00 PM

A study shows that there are some fifty percent less stray dogs wandering the streets of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Dogs Trust Foundation official website said Wednesday.

The study done in June this year by the Dogs Trust, one of the world’s largest dog welfare organizations, concluded that there are some 5, 000 stray dogs currently in Sarajevo, compared to 9, 000 in 2016.

“A significant drop in the number of stray dogs can be associated with a full five-year mass sterilization campaign carried out by the Dogs Trust Foundation, and also by the activities of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and local authorities,” Dogs Trust’s press office said.

The study also shows the greatest number of stray dogs exist in the capital Sarajevo, followed by other major well-populated cities. The continuation of the study conducted in June this year says the largest number of dogs was recorded in 2013 counting 12, 500 stray dogs.

“The degree of dog abuse has also been considerably reduced and this can be attributed to continuous awareness, raising efforts and educating the public,” said the Veterinary Faculty in Sarajevo.

Between 2013 and 2015, the number of dogs dropped by 38.0 percent, while the largest decline in the number of stray dogs was recorded in 2017 when the number of dogs declined by nearly 50.0 percent, according to the data.

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