Stop the Poisoning of Dogs in Belize

Target: Mayor Daniel Guerrero

Goal: Give stray dogs a chance at a loving home or peaceful, humane euthanasia

The San Pedro Town Community has begun to poison dogs with strychnine in an attempt to eradicate stray dogs and curb the rising dog population. The mayor, Daniel Guerrero, decided on this course of action after witnessing a tourist stepping in dog feces. He believes that the only solution is to poison the dogs, and between the evening of July 9th and the morning of July 10th, thirty-one dogs were killed.

Strychnine is a convulsant, and a poisoned dog can take between 10 minutes and several hours to die. The animal will be completely conscious and aware the entire time, and will experience a total loss of motor control, suffering intense pain before dying. Euthanasia by strychnine is not accepted as a humane form of euthanasia by the American Veterinary Medical Association due to the fact that it induces muscle paralysis without a loss of consciousness.

The Saga Humane Society, which operates an animal shelter in San Pedro, has offered to pick up stray dogs, supply housing, help them get adopted if they are healthy and can be socialized, and humanely and peacefully euthanize any dog that cannot be adopted.

Sign the petition below and ask Mayor Guerrero to take Saga up on its offer. Tell him that there is a more humane way to eradicate the stray dogs, and that to kill these dogs without giving them a chance at a loving home is cruel and inhumane.


Dear Mayor  Guerrero,

While no one can deny that the number of stray dogs in San Pedro is too high, the solution is not to poison them with strychnine. Strychnine poisoning is a cruel form of euthanasia, and the animal can suffer for hours, completely conscious and aware, until the point of death.

The Saga Humane Society has presented a solution where it will provide housing for stray dogs and assist with adopting them out if they are healthy and can be socialized, and humanely euthanize the dogs, without pain, if they cannot be adopted. This is a much better solution than poisoning.

While there are a number of health issues that arise from dog feces in the streets, leaving poisoned, sick dogs on the streets is worse. Please take up Saga on its offer, and allow these dogs a chance at a loving home, or a humane, peaceful end.


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One Comment

  1. Catherine Faust says:

    There are other solutions than poisoning.

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