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State of emergency over stray dogs in Chita after attacks on children

By The Siberian Times reporter
10 June 2015

Calls for action against homeless dogs provokes backlash from animal rights campaigners.

The city has been embroiled in arguments over who should have responsibility for controlling dogs roaming the streets. Picture: Tatyana Kumykova

New laws to control strays and create shelters for the animals were agreed on 10 June to ease longstanding problems in Chita. The issue has become deeply controversial following attacks on two boys by strays in the remote city. 

The state of emergency was imposed after a nine year old boy was bitten in a savage attack in March, and died from his wounds. The boy, Kiril Klepikov, returning from school, was targeted by strays  lured by the local meat-packing plant 'Zabaykalagrobiznes'. 

Earlier, in January, a 10 year old schoolboy Dmitry Ziyatdinov was attacked, but was rescued by a passer-by. 

The city has been embroiled in arguments over who should have responsibility for controlling dogs roaming the streets. 

Kirill Klepikov


Kirill Klepikov


Kirill Klepikov

The boy, Kiril Klepikov, returning from school, was targeted by strays  lured by the local meat-packing plant 'Zabaykalagrobiznes'. Pictures: Channel 1

Animals rights activists objected to a plan to hold an auction for private companies to bid for a contract to catch and kill the dogs, asserting that dog patrols were the work of the regional administration.

In an appeal  to President Vladimir Putin, they warned of 'butchering of homeless animals in Chita', and claimed that day and night  the 'shooting and poisoning of dogs' was underway.

They claimed that children 'became sleepless and crying from the horrible experience' and that the animals were dying from torture. The Federal Antimonopoly Service agreed to cancel the auction. 

Dogs defenders meeting


Dogs defenders meeting


Dogs defenders meeting

In an appeal  to President Vladimir Putin, animals rights activists warned of 'butchering of homeless animals in Chita', and claimed that day and night  the 'shooting and poisoning of dogs' was underway. Pictures: Zabmedia

After this legislators were tasked with developing a special law on dog control, but this delayed catching the animals. 

Activists demanded that the laws should not simply be about catching and killing the strays, but about providing shelters for the animals, and working to sterilise the animals. 

The new law in the TransBaikal region allows for this, though the state of emergency has not been lifted yet. 

Now municipal authorities will  be able to create shelters for homeless animals, undertake vaccinations or cull stray dogs.

Comments (4)

Don't children learn they may be hungry yea. Commence. Dogs do eat. They are natural wild dogs like wolves and they were owned once before so blame the owners ok not the dogs x
sngelina ricketts, england
24/01/2017 01:00
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It should be all free for shelter dogs and strays food should be free ok. Treat them the same as homeless people and children ok. No strays should be controlled only have them done for free ok x
angelina ricketts, england
24/01/2017 00:52
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If there is no money for shelters (and it costs a lot for food, vaccines, shelter rent, heat, etc) and no money or veterinarians volunteering their services for sterilization, then capturing and killing these dogs is the most logical way to deal with this growing problem. You cannot justify making an animals life more important than a humans. Maybe there should be a law requiring a person to get their pet neutered or spayed upon acquiring it
rose beninger, USA
17/06/2015 05:54
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Curious that dogs come from te Wolf. ..but after returning to wildlife they dont become wolfs again...same as humans dont return to be monkeys when returning to wildlife. We were both tamed. Humans tamed dogs, horses, coas. ..but who tamed humans? Aliens?
Enrique, Spain
15/06/2015 09:27
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