February 5, 2023

Lapta Belediyesi taking control

of stray dogs


The following notification has been received from Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) with the request that this is shared with our readers.

“KAR are very sorry to advise residents who live within the Lapta Belediyesi area that they will no longer be able to help with abandoned dogs and/or dogs needing neutering in that area.

This is a decision that has not been taken lightly but it follows Lapta Belediyesi decision to take responsibility for the stray dogs in their own boundary area. They now have their own “stray dog control programme” which they have organised and are running with no input/advise or help from KAR. There have been reports that Lapta is collecting dogs in their area, including KAR Tag dogs, and those dogs Lapta Belediyesiare never seen again. These reports are unsubstantiated as yet but are too many to ignore. No one knows what has happened to the collected dogs – but rumours are rife !!!!

By law the local Belediyesi who are removing stray dogs from the streets have to take them to a safe place for an initial 10 days (during which they should try and find an owner) – after that they should be held for a further 20 days (during which a new home is hoped to be found). After the 30 days the dogs should be neutered, vaccinated and then “live” (somewhere in the Belediyesi area – compounds are likely) safely for the rest of their days.

There are very strict laws regarding the circumstances under which it is legal for a dog to be put to sleep/killed which the Belediyesi and vets have to abide by.

KAR hope that you appreciate that it cannot continue to spend time and money to neuter dogs and return them to the streets of Lapta only for them to Kar logobe “rounded ” up and disappear under the programme being run by Lapta Belediyesi.

All abandoned, dumped and/or stray dogs in the Lapta area should be reported to Lapta Belediyesi on 0392 8218327 or 0392 8211691. However any such reports to the Belediyesi may well be dealt with under their “Control” programme and the dogs may never be seen again.

KAR appreciate that this decision will impact on the residents and dogs of Lapta but feel that at the moment they have no choice. Residents reporting cases to Lapta Belediyesi should ask as many questions as possible to try and determine how their reported case will be dealt with.

If any resident has knowledge of any dogs suddenly disappearing or that are collected and removed by Lapta Belediyesi can they please let KAR know as they are trying to compile  a structured and reliable report into the situation in Lapta.

Kind regards


Kyrenia Animal Rescue
Tel: 0090 533 869 4098″

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