Moscow’s Homeless Dogs Won’t Be Deported

A plan that smacks of the days when Russian dissidents were sent to labor farms in Siberia was almost resurrected when officials in Moscow came up with a plan to ship the city’s estimated 26,000 stray dogs to a camp hundreds of miles away.  The plan was ditched on Tuesday.

Animal rights activists and Russian celebrities have been pressuring the city to drop the plan because it would place the dogs in a dangerous environment and expose them to disease.  The Associated Press said those trying to stop the deportation plan compared it to sending the dogs to a concentration camp.

The Moscow city government was expected to approve the plan on Tuesday, but instead they took the topic off the agenda. 

Moscow has a big problem with homeless dogs that live on the streets and in subway stations.  A recent story highlighting the situation showed that many had become so “street smart” they were able to ride escalators and trains.  But on the negative side, some of the dogs also intimidate or attack people.

The controversial plan would have rounded up the dogs and sent them to a camp in a region 150 miles northeast from Moscow.  But activists protested the plan and gathered nearly 2,000 signatures from “prominent artists and musicians” to stop it.

According to The AP, Moscow has spent $45 million on dog shelters, spay and neuter and other programs between 2008 and 2009 to get a handle on the massive overpopulation problem, but critics complain much of the money has “gone unaccounted for.”

Animal activists want the city to form an independent group to explore an alternate plan and advise city officials how to proceed in dealing with the stray dogs.  Some of the things they want are a tax for dog breeders, who they believe contribute greatly to the problem and more education and access to spay and neuter programs.


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Noeline McCosker
Noeline McCosker5 years ago

Thank God it has been stopped. Such a Cruel and inhumane thing to think about doing in the first place. Education is the key.

laura ssanchez a.

Again and again those without voice are in danger to suffer because the HUMAN don´t care about anything but money and comfort. EDUCATION, LAWS, RESPONSABILITY FROM GOVERNMENTS INSTEAD OF KILLING THEM, AND LEAVING THEM IN BAD CONDITIONS

cristiana t.
cristiana t7 years ago

obviously there are options

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters7 years ago

Breeders and owners have to be educated. Normally a dog is bought for a child, like in my case. My daughter lost interest within a few months and it became my dog, he is 17 years old now and we are best mates. I will never ever abandon him, that is called resposibility and caring love. And he will get that care until his last breath. He had a few fits over the last year (epileptic fits my vet believes) and the last one was 3 days ago. I comfort him until it is over. It usually happens after midnight and I will sleep on the floor next to his bed, wake up in the early morning hours with his head resting on my neck and he is happy like saying thanks for caring.

Victoria Day
Victoria Day7 years ago

wow. thanks for sharing

Krasimira B.
Krasimira B7 years ago

Voted, thanks.

Karen S.
Karen S7 years ago

I whole heartedly agree with Elgrit B: Mandatory spay/neuter. Cath Bono also, that is an awesome idea and lastly Cinnamon Landman: Education - Involvemnent and Media!

Sue M7 years ago

Voted....shared on Facebook....thank you for this!~

Karen T.

I agree that a systematic approach spaying and neutering will help greatly

Elgrit B.

If only spaying and neutering were mandatory, so much suffering could be curtailed. I think these dogs suffer greatly and it is truly a pity.