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Keep stray dogs off beaches

On recent trips to beaches of Salybia and Maracas Bay, I have noticed a disturbing and unsanitary trend—the population of stray dogs has dramatically increased.
These dogs roam the beaches in groups as large as six or seven, scavenging for food and using the beach sand as their bathroom. For a twin-island state that prides itself on tourism, I truly believe the Government should get involved.
I propose that the dogs be removed as soon as possible from all public beaches, and legislation enacted to prevent dog owners from abandoning their pets on the beach.
I am not certain which ministry is responsible for stray animals but if the current trend continues, dogs will overrun our most popular tourist attractions.
I hope the relevant authorities do something about this situation.

R Singh
Arouca
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