- Today I killed my 1000th dog! Take a look at the picture of the “lucky” victim, – writes a member of the Russian forum of dog hunters.
Before reading the report of the overjoyed poisoner, let’s figure out who these dog hunters are.
Here is what the article in Russian Wikipedia says.
Dog hunters are volunteers who independently exterminate street dogs in the city. The declared objective of dog hunters is protection against the possibility of being bitten or even killed by a dog pack, as well as cleaning of cities from disease vectors and pests.
They kill stray dogs by shooting or poisoning. Dog hunters are actively using internet to communicate and coordinate their activities.
The dog hunting movement saw a significant increase in popularity since October 2011. According to media reports and animal rights activists, dog hunters operate in many major cities in Russia, as well as in Ukraine and Bulgaria.
According to one theory, the dog hunting movement is a result of inability of municipal authorities to solve the problem of stray animals.
Their activity has a mixed assessment in the community. The legal side is ambiguous: some experts consider it legitimate, while others see it as a violation of the law.
Dog hunters themselves believe that their actions fall under the definition of common healthcare interventions, similar to extermination of rats or killing mosquitoes.
Methods of work
Dog hunters mainly practice shooting and poisoning.
They use pneumatic guns and firearms and their website contains the detailed instructions with the mapped areas of dog’s body.
For the purpose of poisoning dog hunters use the baits made of minced meat, pate, liver sausage, mixed with toxic agents.
The most often used agent is the highly toxic for dogs hydrazide of isonicotinic acid. It is contained in the number of drugs readily available in pharmacies (for example, Isoniazid – antibiotic against tuberculosis).
After the bait is fed to dogs, the drug takes effect within one and a half hours. In high doses, these drugs have severe neurotoxic effects manifested in seizures and subsequent coma.
My thousandth anniversary bait
Let’s get back to the excited man who shared his joy in the forum of dog hunters to have a glimpse into the world of these people.
Today I arrived to Kurenevka – namely, the area of old Kurenevskoye cemetery [ed: Kyiv, Ukraine].
Near the entrance (Valkovskaya str.) I saw six sickly flea carriers.
A little bit wild and distrusting – the typical flock of cemetery jackals.
After deceiving their caution I managed to feed four (two ran away), and the second of them was the hero of the day (by eating my thousandth bait) for which he received the bonus dessert.
Went down the Frunze street and fed another creature. After eating the dessert it followed me barking, as if saying: “Don’t be greedy, give me more” (photo 2).
Then I went to Kurenevskiy market and fed another one (photo 3).
Now I’ve started counting my second thousand :-)
Reactions from other forum members
[Note: Alexei Stakhanov was a Soviet miner - iconic model of a hard-worker]
sergej (replying to the above): 14 and a half months.14 с половиной месяцев.
val_1: It’s not only the quantity, but also quality, I haven’t exterminated one thousand in my neighborhood during 3 years of active dog hunting, maybe just two-three hundreds. But the neighborhood is clean and that’s the most important!Главное не количество, а качество, я тыщу точно в своём районе не уничтожил за 3 года активного догхантерства, мож сотни 2-3, но район чист, и это главное!