Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yekaterinburg cracking down on stray animals

Animal control services are expanding their operations in Yekaterinburg to help more stray dogs find homes.

The number of active kennels in Yekaterinburg will increase from 31 to 50, which Eugene Ustyantsev, the director of the Yekaterinburg Municipal Unitary Enterprise, said will increase the chances of finding a home for the dogs, according to Mir66.

In addition to the new kennels, the city is implementing new more humane methods of catching stray animals.

Sergui Arkhipov, the chairman of the Committee on Ecology and Environmental Administration of Yekaterinburg, said that dogs are now caught with special canvas nets and that animals are only drugged in special circumstances. Once safely at the animal shelter, all efforts are made to connect the stray animals with new owners, according to Mir66.

In 2011, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the Zoozaschita foundation, 452 pets were able to find a permanent home.

Members of the Yekaterinburg City Duma Committee on Health and Safety have warned that although populations of stray animals have decreased significantly, it is important to stay wary of stray animals in the streets. Currently, approximately 40 percent of dog bites are suffered by children, and stray animals are known to carry many different diseases.