10K Stray Dogs to Be Shot

Kyrgyzstan says it can't afford to build shelters for them

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2011 12:58 PM CST

(Newser) – From bad to worse: Last year, Kyrgyzstan shot 5,000 stray dogs, unable to afford the $300,000 it would have cost to build shelters for them. This year, that figure is depressingly higher: Officials in the capital city of Bishkek say budgetary woes are forcing them to shoot the city's estimated 10,000 stray dogs, reports the AP. A city hall rep—who says the dogs are being killed in the early morning and evening by a team of 10 shooters and dog catchers—urged the world not to consider the act barbaric. (Click for another tragic animal tale.)

Kyrgyzstan says it can't afford to build shelters for its strays.
Kyrgyzstan says it can't afford to build shelters for its strays.   (Getty Images)
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