Moscow to spend $76 million on stray dogs

October 5th, 2011 - 10:39 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Oct 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian authorities are set to allocate over 2.5 billion rubles ($76 million) to care for stray dogs and cats in Moscow over the next three years, the chairperson of the city’s ecology committee said Tuesday.

There are currently 12 shelters able to house 12,500 stray dogs.

This year, 260 million rubles ($23.2 million) were allocated for the purpose.

Russia will spend 798 million rubles ($24 million) in 2012 to sterilise stray animals and keep shelters running. In 2013, a total of 838 million rubles ($25.6 million) will be allocated, and the spending will further increase to 880 million rubles (almost $27 million) in 2014, said Moscow Ecology Committee spokeswoman Vera Stepanenko.

“As of September 1, approximately 12,000 dogs are being kept in the city’s animal shelters, foster owners were found for 3,300 dogs this year,” said Anton Velikhovsky, the head Moscow’s public utilities and land improvement department.

He said the population of stray dogs in the city is estimated to be between 30,000 and 10,000.

This year, a total of 8,600 animals were caught, and 7,500 of them were sterilised.

Every year the number of stray animals increases by around 5,000 in Moscow.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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