CAUTION: The following images are uncensored & raw. Doggy lovers beware.
There are some things I struggle to understand. Things I’ve only witnessed in the 3rd world. Yesterday I struggled once again.
All dogs on the farm were neutered by two American vets inside the vehicle workshop. It was a conveyor belt of fear.
Whilst the men were trying to round-up the scared dogs, screams of fear and confusion resonated the compound walls. These dogs are wild and have never been handled before.
From what we observed, of the 15 people there, whilst the children were running around playing, almost everyone was oblivious to compassion.
One of the problems in Belize are the thousands of stray dogs and managing the problem is encouraged/ supported by the humane society. In certain parts of Belize neutering is completely covered by the humane society and in others the humane society pays a portion of the bill.
The two veterinarians bartered their services in exchange for a vehicle. It was obvious that they were in a hurry to get through the 12 dogs on the list. In that they lost their compassion for animals – quite possibly in its entirety.
In a roundabout way, fear keeps us alive, fear keeps us safe. Once we become too comfortable with any task and loose our fear, mistakes will happen. Last night we lost one of the dogs.
Without sounding over dramatic, witnessing this raw ordeal was quite possibly one of the most difficult things I’ve seen to date and in terms of hard days on the road – it tops the list.