To the Editor:
Thank you for publicizing the plight of satos—street dogs—in Puerto Rico in “Scrutiny for Puerto Rico Over Animal Treatment” (news article, March 9).
Sadly, the situation in Puerto Rico is replicated in countries around the world where hundreds of millions of dogs live as strays, abandoned by the humans they have come to depend on for food, shelter and companionship.
Change will take place only when governments work with local and international animal welfare groups and concerned individuals to address the root of the problem through education and humane methods of population control, such as spaying and neutering.
As one animal advocate put it, “we need to work together and keep the finger in the side of government.”
Thank you for doing just that, by telling the American public what’s happening in Puerto Rico through your compelling article and photographs.
Boston, March 11, 2008
The writer is executive director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.