Why is keeping your dog on your terrain such an important part of the new Dog Act?
- Freely roaming dogs attack and/or bite pedestrians, bicyclists, sheep, goats, and other dogs being walked by their owners.
- Freely roaming dogs cause traffic accidents and are often killed in these accidents.
- Bite wounds and traffic accidents result in medical costs for the treatment of both humans and dogs.
- Freely roaming dogs knock over trash containers and spread garbage. This is a public health concern.
- When your unsterilized dog roams freely, it will mate with other dogs in the street, leading to unwanted puppies.
- Many of these unwanted puppies will be dumped at the Veterinary Services holding cages, where they will be euthanized. Others might be given care until the owner realizes they cannot afford to have so many dogs, so they eventually end up in the holding cages as well. (In 2013, 4,000 unwanted dogs were killed in these cages.) The Veterinary Services Department spends approximately Afl. 150,000 each year on euthanasia.
- Others will grow up without an owner in the streets of Aruba, suffering their entire lives with skin diseases, heartworm, tick disease, severe malnutrition, and other horrible diseases. They sometimes form packs that cause problems in the community. In general, they add to all the problems caused by freely roaming dogs.
- Tourists are alarmed by the number of dogs roaming the streets of Aruba as well as the number of dogs put down each year in the holding cages. If these realities continue, tourists will increasingly choose to spend their money at other vacation destinations.