Girne Municipality has signed a protocol for the sterilization of dogs with the Veterinary Medical Association in order to control the population of stray dogs.

At the signing ceremony held in Girne Municipality, Health Branch members – Amiri Naile Soyel, Cem Taşlıovalı, Yunus Armağan and Emre Özgüm were present. Girne Mayor, Nidai Güngördü, and Veterinarian Association President, Umut Sayılı, carried out the signing ceremony. Under the protocol, 100 street dogs will be neutered. 200 dogs were neutered under the two protocols signed between Girne Municipality and the Veterinary Medical Association.

Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü pointed out that there is sensitivity regarding street animals in Girne, and as a Municipality, attention is paid to this issue. Nidai Güngördü stated that some problems were experienced due to the uncontrolled increase of the dog population and that they were working on sterilization, temporary shelter, and the animal shelter and rehabilitation project to solve the problems. Güngördü pointed out that the Animal Shelter and Rehabilitation Centre has passed the test, recording that 19 dogs have now been re-homed.

Veterinarian Association President, Umut Sayılı, said dogs were left on the streets despite the legal regulations. Umut Sayılı stated that dogs living on the streets do not live in a healthy environment and often face some threats. Reducing the street dog population by neutering and control should be an example to other Municipalities.