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She adds that in Tijuana, “We are right there all the time. We know the dogs and are there when every single one is put down. There are no closed doors — even to the public. We are trying to convince Tijuana to put some down the same day they are caught, the ones in bad shape.” Rarely do owners show up, but they hold the dogs for three days, she says, “and when it is over the weekend, it can be longer.”

In the wake of recent disease outbreaks and mass culling of dogs, Revelan says the number impounded is increasing “due to greater pressure on animal control and people turning in their dogs because they think they carry a contagious disease.”

It would not be more time-consuming, Ibarra told them, to use injections. With electrocution, workers often get bitten when putting cables on the dogs. “So I guess they process each dog individually,” Revelan says. “I immediately asked to change the conversation because none of us, at that point, wanted the details.”

Revelan has never witnessed electrocution but knows she may have to if she wants to keep raising awareness about the procedure, which is said to be not only excruciatingly painful but slow and prone to errors. She gives credit to Liebrich for continuing with the work, despite the daily traumas. “I have never seen a dog brought into the perrera that has been burned, beaten, or hit by a car. She has.”

Revelan stresses that their territory is huge, the drive to Mexicali long, and “four people cannot be everywhere,” but she says the group isn’t quitting as long as electrocution is still in use. “We will continue our efforts throughout all of the kennels that are willing to change over but don’t have the money.” That includes Mexicali’s smaller state perrera, which holds only about 20 dogs.

“Any parts of Mexico that any of us can convert is a gift for the animals.”

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screwdaUT Oct. 14, 2009 @ 7:58 a.m.

the local Chinese eating establishments will gladly take those poor animals and give them a dignified death.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 14, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m.

the local Chinese eating establishments will gladly take those poor animals and give them a dignified death.

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I would like you to meet my close friend, Hanibal Lector, for "dinner" screwdaUT.

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GentePorLosAnimales Oct. 17, 2009 @ 3:02 p.m.

First of all, Congratulations to all people who made this possible!

I work with Gente por los Animales a young group of volunteers (2006) who work for the animals thru three programs: Adoptions, by which we find responsible owners for homeless or unwanted dog or cats, after they are healed, desparasitated, vaccinated and spayed or neutered; low cost spay and neuter program achieving more than 1,000 surgeries; and education, when we go to places or schools to talk about companion animals care and responsible owners.

We have been in touch with Dr. Ibarra since our new “animal control” law was being analyzed, and changed later, for good in a way, and not so good in other subjects, for example, establishing that anybody who doesn’t work at the “perrera” is authorized to be there when animals are killed.

Many times we have talked with local (Mexicali) and state (Baja California) authorities to change their minds about population control. It seems they think the solution is to capture and kill dogs and that’s why this year they hired more people to do this job and bought more cars; right now, they are 26 people working at the center, only 4 are vets and just 2 of them so spay or neuter. Authorities don’t want to invest in a real spay and neuter campaign or low cost clinics.

From March ‘06 to 14th February ‘08, local authorities just spayed or neutered 155 animals; from January to June of this year, state authorities have just done in Mexicali 63 surgeries. This, compared to the amount of animals that have been killed, is nothing.

We really hope all this encourage our authorities to take the lead in really attending our dogs and cats overpopulation, by implementing a strong spay and neuter strategy to avoid the birth of thousands of animals who will be killed. And of course we will be happy when they budget the humane euthanasia.

For more information yo may access to www.genteporlosanimales.org or contact us by e-mail to genteporlosanimales@gmail.com. Follow us at facebook too.

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CuddleFish Oct. 17, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m.

Thank you for that information, Gente, and thank you for caring and doing this hard and heartbreaking work.

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