|Two dogs roaming in Negril.|
The whole time I was there I only two dogs on a leash - the rest were free to roam.
|A dog rests in the shade with kids outside a gas station. I'm not sure if this was a stray dog or their dog.|
Dog bites also pose a potential risk, especially in the bigger cities with greater populations and in the mountains with low food resources (which encourage the formation of packs in order to survive). Dog packs can do severe damage to people and livestock :(.
Then there is always the welfare of the stray dogs themselves. They are at great risk of injury - vehicular injury, abuse by people, and injury by other dogs as they compete for food and mating. There are currently two main organizations in Jamaica set up to deal with the stray dog population - Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Kingston and Animal House Jamaica in St. Ann (just outside of Ocho Rios). I wish I would have had time to visit either one of these organizations, if we ever make it back I am totally putting this on my to-do list and also bringing donations :).
|A stray dog walking the beach. Photo: Animal House Jamaica, check them out on Facebook.|