Cartoon by artist German Osuna is captioned "Dogs of the World united with the dogs of San Luis Rio Colorado."
People who live in San Carlos and see a homeless dog on the street might leave food for it, or catch it and try to find its owner, get it spayed or neutered, try to find it a home. But if those who live in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, are likely to just shoot it or poison it, and turn it in for a $200-peso bounty. I've seen a photo of the results of this bounty, showing dozens of dead dogs heaped together, but couldn't bring myself to share it here.
Pata de Perro, a Facebook page for rescue pets in Hermosillo, reports a 200-pesos bounty is offered by the mayor of San Luis Rio Colorado, for live or dead street dogs. The mayor refers to these ownerless dogs as a source of waste and pollution. (He cleaned caca off his shoes one too many times?) I'm looking for a protest petition that's being circulated and will be submitted to Guillermo Padre, Governor of Sonora, but I'm not sure gringos are entitled to sign it.
San Luis Rio Colorado is at the border of the US and Baja California. According to one article, published online by Sociedad Protectora des Animales, the bounty will be distributed as credits on water bills or property taxes. This might be a safeguard to prevent youths from going on greed-driven execution rampages. Still...
Supposedly the aim is to rid the town of all dogs or puppies not on a leash or confined indoors or in a yard. But what a barbaric way to go about it! My greatest concern is that this idea might catch on in other parts of Mexico.