Friday Bummer: Dog City to Face Mass Executions

A small city outside of Bogota, Colombia, has been overrun by stray dogs. With more than 30,000 strays on the streets, the city's mayor is calling for them to be killed.
February 19, 2010, 2pm PST | Nate Berg
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The small town of Mosquera's Mayor Luis Alvaro Rincon is taking the admittedly politically incorrect move of calling for the dogs to be killed to clean up the streets.

"His fist pumping and voice rising as applause at the community gathering grew, he said, 'It's an order. Round them up and kill them!'

Rincon's exasperation last summer was in some ways understandable. This suburb of Bogota has long been a dumping ground for canines whose owners are too uninterested or financially strapped to care for them. Now there may be 30,000 stray dogs here and in two adjoining suburbs, Madrid and Vaca.

'I know environmentalists won't like it, but if they don't, they should come to Mosquera and take a dog home with them,' Rincon said."

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Published on Friday, February 19, 2010 in Los Angeles Times
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