Following the horrendous video that was shared yesterday showing Ghobeiry municipality members poisoning and killing stray dogs, the municipality issued a statement today claiming they did not order the killing and that the act was a personal one and those found guilty will be reprimanded.

We all want to believe that but I think it’s a load of crap. The members were poisoning dogs in broad day light and filming and they threw the dogs in a municipality truck and just drove away. In all cases, this is not the first municipality to shoot down or poison stray dogs and this practice is unfortunately quite common across Lebanon. Municipalities need to contact local shelters or animal services to get some professional help in removing stray dogs from the street because killing them is wrong and ineffective.

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t expect any actions to be taken anytime soon. If anything, they will start killing them quietly and away from cameras.