Mayors working with agencies to address Tiyan stray dog issue

The pack of stray dogs in Tiyan. (Viewer submitted photo)

Mayors Council of Guam president Jesse Alig has responded to a volunteer organization’s recent comments on the stray dog situation in Tiyan.

Recently, the volunteer online group Guahan Paws for Pets said that they’re disappointed with the lack of progress with helping the stray dogs at Tiyan.

Head of the Mayors Council of Guam, Jesse Alig, went on air with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo to say that a program is underway and that it is not a “one entity” project.

He adds that the council is working with the Department of Agriculture, Animal Control, and GAIN on how to properly execute the Tiyan Pack issue.

“The mayors are working on the trapping mechanism and we’re relying on Agriculture and GAIN to help us as we prepare to execute the plan and we’re working with those two other entities to ensure that everything is in place. So we are aware that the dogs need to be fed, we are aware there are situations where the dogs may flee the area for whatever purpose, and Agriculture and GAIN are fully aware of that,” Alig said.

He added: “We are currently working on it. We have the plan, we’re working on executing it so we can properly relocate the dogs to the shelter.”

Meanwhile, Alig says that he hopes the program developed for Tiyan can also be done in other areas.

In Tumon, people who exercise and engage in other activities in the area have complained that stray dogs are roaming around and becoming a nuisance.

“We’re hoping that as we work on this plan for Tiyan and if it works, then we can apply that to other locations, perhaps like, you mentioned, in Tumon and other areas in Dededo and Yigo that have a large population of strays as well. This is the first time we’re doing it and we’re not doing it on our own. We feel they are the authorities, Agriculture, because this animal control is under them and also with GAIN. So for whatever it is, everything will be done as humanely as we can,” Alig said.

Although GAIN is at full capacity, Alig says that the organization will still be in charge of placement for the dogs once captured.

He said that GAIN will accept the animals, one way or another.

If they’re still at max capacity, Alig says GAIN will be the ones to find safe placement for them.