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Local group seeks new home for puppies after stray dogs killed in Qatar

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Stray puppies
Stray puppies

A local canine rescue organization is seeking to re-home eight young puppies that were found next the bodies of two dogs behind the Qatar Racing Club earlier this week.

The deceased animals had their legs bound and bodies marked with stab wounds, according to Dogs in Doha.

The graphic photos of the dead creatures, posted on the group’s Facebook page, led some to speculate that they may have been used in a dogfighting match.

However, Dogs in Doha founder Birgit Marquerithe said in a statement to Doha News that it appeared as though the animals had been dragged behind a car.

According to Marquerithe, such killings are not infrequent occurrences here. On a near-daily basis, she said “dogs and cats are brutally murdered, either by hitting, kicking them or by dragging them behind their cars or shooting them.”

She said that Dogs in Doha, alongside local shelters and other groups, have rescued more than 50 puppies in recent weeks who have been left without their mothers.

“Most of the time the mom has been killed and the puppies are left behind to die,” she said.

Looking for new homes

Stray puppies
Stray puppies

Dogs in Doha rescues canines, but doesn’t operate its own shelter. Instead, it works to find foster homes for young puppies who need care.

Marquerithe said a “kind woman” offered to take in the eight puppies and give them shelter for a week.

However, foster homes are still needed to take care of them afterwards, as they are only four weeks old and need care to survive.

She added that food donations for the puppies are more than welcome.

The puppies have been examined by a veterinarian and dewormed. They were very dehydrated when they were found, but are now eating and drinking well, Marquerithe said.

Laws and regulation

Like many countries, Qatar has several laws in place against abusing animals, though enforcement may be a problem.

Lawyer Yusuf Al Zaman previously said that beating or torturing a dog or cat – regardless of whether it is a stray or a pet – is an offense punishable by two months of jail time or a fine of up to QR1,000 (US$275) under Law No. 11.

Intentionally killing domestic animals, such as a dog, can lead to a prison term of three months, a fine of up to QR2,000 ($550) or both.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Penalties climb to three years in prison and/or a fine of QR5,000 ($1,374) for killing or severely harming animals used to carry humans or goods such as camels, donkeys or cattle.

Stronger regulations may soon be on the way.

New GCC-wide legislation aimed at protecting the welfare of animals are expected to soon be implemented in Qatar. The law, which has already been adopted by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was discussed by Qatar’s Cabinet late last year, according to Al Sharq.

However, some residents have expressed skepticism that authorities are willing to aggressively go after animal abusers. The poor treatment of animals for sale at Souq Waqif has long been a sore subject for many, as has the practice of keeping wild creatures such as lions as pets.

Shelters

While responsibility for investigating cases of animal abuse falls on the police department, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) works to help control the number of stray cats and dogs.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The MOE spays and neuters animals that come to its attention and then returns them to the streets, according to a ministry official.

Internal regulations prevent the MOE from killing stray animals unless they pose a threat to residents or have a fatal disease.

Still, the stray animal population – combined with pets that are abandoned by their owners – has stretched many shelters to their limits.

“We are at the end of our rope, as all the shelters are overloaded with animals and the same goes for our foster home recourses,” Marquerithe said.

“I wish the Qatar government would finally step up and implement a law that protects the animals in Qatar and put a stop of the breeding and selling of animals in the Souq.”

A few years ago, the Central Municipal Council (CMC) recommended that the government designate land to charity organizations and groups that shelter stray animals.

CMC said that the MOE had a temporary shelter for stray animals in Nuaija area, and a new government animal shelter is being built in Omm Salal Mohammad area. The 3,000 square meter establishment is expected to be finished by December 2015, according to Al Raya.

Thoughts?

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FalconFlyer
FalconFlyer
5 years ago

It is very difficult to expect good treatment for animals here, considering that the preceding article was of a maid who was brutally abused and treated like an animal. I cannot comprehend any sympathies here…can anyone?

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  FalconFlyer

I fully agree with you. People of Qatar, based on two articles, have a complete disregard for people and animals. I mean compare it with elsewhere in the world and you’ll find these places free of any abuse. I mean look at their papers, no story of animal or human abuse.

What you may not know is your ignorance is a big part of the problem you seem to be so concerned about

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Just because others are as bad doesn’t make it good.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

I agree and just because there are a few bad cases doesn’t mean the whole bunch is bad

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I agree with that, too.

Truth101
Truth101
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

“A few bad cases”?!?! Reality check please! The truth is there just a few good aware ones,the rest of the ”bunch” are the same,complete lack of compassion and furthermore a complete lack of even basic awareness. I know you are aware enough to know deep down that is the truth. You can try to tell us otherwise and defend the ”bunch” as much as you like,but deep down,you know the truth of the situation.

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I don’t think you have seen the mass of the plight here concerning animals. Your handle is A-qtr. I assume you are Qatari. If you are interested to see the horrific sights that we see every day as rescuers, I would be happy to provide you a tour. No strings attached.

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

The souq animal conditions are quite sad and most pet stores here were quite appalling until recent times. I know a lot of people who get vanity pets here and then have no idea how to take care of them and so abandon them (which is abuse). I am a Qatari and I can honestly say that a lot of the people here don’t have respect or regards for animals. There’s not much empathy or genuine love. Except for falconers, hunting Saluki and prized horses :p
I have even heard many say it is haram to have them in the house so kick them out and in this heat…its abuse.
Then there’s the people with exotic animals which is just ridiculous.
Animal rights here are pretty bad.

HM King of Atlantis
HM King of Atlantis
5 years ago
Reply to  Sprinkles

And I am the King of Atlantis, nice to meet you. I love the Internet.

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
5 years ago

🙂 indeed. So because I said we can do things better, that animal rights here are not so peachy, I am automatically not a Qatari lol. I guess Qatari can only fit one stereotypical type. Oh well, it’s ok 😛 have a good evening sir/mam

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

Do I need a sponoser to visit you in Atlantis 🙂

johnny wang
johnny wang
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I suppose not but take a listen to the song “Hotel California” before you make your next move to get there

OMG
OMG
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

It’s those LC drivers, everyone of them. I once saw a LC driver throwing litter out of his window so it’s probably him who treats animals badly.

FalconFlyer
FalconFlyer
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

You know what is the bigger part of the problem….denial, condoning, acceptance of such abuse. You think its normal for people to drag these poor animals behind a car, maybe you need a reality check mate. In other parts of the world, animals are not dragged behind a car, stabbed for fun and maids are not ‘physically’ abused because they are too slow for your liking. Not in my world. The best part is that if such things happen, there are people booked, there is law which kicks in to put such people in their place. And the newspapers do report such instances when it happens, not here.
In both of the issues I have quoted, I have not generalized who has done it. So your “people of Qatar” comment is probably an admission. What I have indeed noted is that this happens ‘here’ is because that is the truth. And I am pretty sure you know why.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  FalconFlyer

Wow .. Honestly .. You are the biget who needs a reality check where did you draw the conclusion from any of my posts over the past years that I condone animal abuse … I’m accusing you of painting the whole country and its people with a broad brush and not you specifically accuse me.. Ppl like you with they’re self inflated moral high ground thinking you have a God given right to accuse me simply because I pointed to u actions of a few don’t represent a majority .. Where are you from ? Let’s us all start picking backwards stories from where you and tossing you in the bunch lot of crazies in your country

FalconFlyer
FalconFlyer
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Again, A_Qtr, please show me where I have blamed the Qatari’s specifically in my post. I said it happens ‘here’ because that’s what has happened. I do not have inflated morals but of course high human values. I do not condone any acts because that is what you did by indirectly implying that ‘Its all right, because there are such instances in other countries too”.
Did you even once mention that this is wrong. All I could see was a defensive argument. I do not want to get into a personal tirade with you, because my post is not about you. I also blame all equally, people who think its fine to abuse and get away with it. That’s because the system allows that.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Abuse is everywhere. But this is Doha News, so it is covering the local incidents and problems around this issue.

To play whataboutery is denial. This article is not about the people of Qatar. It is about the plight of animals in Qatar. With the increasing number of animals, abuse and neglect will increase.

That there is little or no enforcement of animal protection laws cannot be denied.

The animal Souk is supported by the authorities in spite of the horrific suffering of animals, the neglect (they are never even immunized) and threat to human health. I say supported because it is not regulated, controlled and allowed to operate.

And don’t start with what about…..were are in Doha and this is Doha News.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Oh, and just as an aside, if you want to play whataboutery : I’ve experienced more animal abuse in Qatar than in poverty riddled war zones. But money does not buy a humane society. People everywhere are human and a few inhumane. But the possibilities for human treatment and structures could be here, but tragically are not.

Dan
Dan
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

It’s those LC drivers, the maid beaters, each one of them.

terracotta
terracotta
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

and most of these dogs and cats were abandoned by their expat owners who imported them here and then left them in this place when they left the country.

Yi
Yi
5 years ago
Reply to  terracotta

How dare you blame expats on this blog!

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
5 years ago
Reply to  terracotta

Yes,it is also expats…its a combination. But the responsibility comes from enforcement of law and strict regulations which should come from Qatar. I am an avid animal rights supporter and there are many steps this State needs to take. I am not bashing my country but the acceptance of responsibility is necessary to move forward and do better. I want us to do more and be our best, and part of that is taking care of all individuals in our society (no matter how they get here, what they are or who brings them) and I am referring to animals and people.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Sprinkles

And have you witnessed animals being abused and tried to report it to the nearest police station.. ? Or like everyone else just like to sit behind your screen and complain

Jamal Al-Yafei
Jamal Al-Yafei
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

they would never report it , they have this Fear imprinted in them , that if they report anything they will accountable for it lol .. i really want to catch that person who is spreading that false info …

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
5 years ago
Reply to  Jamal Al-Yafei

I am sorry that I offended you, I did not mean to.
I personally do feel there can be more done here to improve the animal’s conditions.
That does not mean people don’t try. There are of course Qatari who do.
Please, take note that I was referring to the community as a whole and not just locals.
And I myself of course should do more to help improve as said; it is all our responsibility to not just sit behind a desk and actually do something 🙂
Qatar is a good country as are the people (locals and expats).
But I do feel there can be more done in terms of environmental education and improvement.
Also, I think you need to relax a little sir.
It is a little unsettling that you would like to “catch” me for stating my opinion or how I feel.
Inshallah you have a good day.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  terracotta

The expat community is a big contributor to the”dog problem” in Qatar. They buy them from breeders — something cute for the kids– or bring them in, only to leave them because they did not realize it would be expensive to leave with them, or they were not prepared .

But also contributing to this is, for example, the fashion to buy Huskies or other Nordic breeds or German Shepards only to discover the cute puppies grow to be difficult dogs and are not pets. They, too, are dumped everywhere. The families have no interest in the dogs when they are not puppies and the servants tire of walking them…..so they become lost.

It is a complex issue.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Really and what war zone have you experienced where people treat animals humanly .. Please don’t refer to the ISIS pixs petting kittens

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Goodness, you said that, not I. I never said “war zone where people treat animals humanely.” Read my post again.

Dan
Dan
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Yeah, don’t start with that, we can pick and choose our topic and you don’t. It’s all about freedom of speech, gosh when will they ever get it.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan. Not sure what you mean by freedom of speech. I meant that this is a local news outlet covering local issues. Not other places A-qtr was referring to,

Just addressing the topic at hand — a local incident of horrible animal abuse.

Dan
Dan
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Yes, and comparing it to somewhere else, say your country, would be nonsense, right ?

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  Dan

My country ? Huh?

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Actually you completely misunderstood my statement, it was in response to an individual who made a blatant accusation of the entire country based on two articles on Dohanews to which I responded such news stories are in every paper in any part of the world yet we do not accuse a whole population on the acts of few.. A fact that falls on deaf ears many times by the Expat community of Doha where a crazy driver an abusive boss or a jerk becomes all of a sudden representative of a whole country

johnny wang
johnny wang
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Just because others do it, that does not mean you also have to do the same too unless you want to be compared with them and be in a similar situation as theirs

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years ago

Those poor animals, science has shown that dogs brains and bodies work very closely to the way ours do, feel pain like we do…this dragging of dogs behind cars is so frequently heard of is this a lack of education or a social sickness that needs attention? Thankyou Doha News for bringing attention to these crimes.

Birgit
Birgit
5 years ago

Falcon , I can understand where you are coming from and I think that its time that Qatar steps up to both cases …. The article about what happened to the maid is horrible and we all know its not a single case ..and I think both cases should be taken seriously as i believe there is only a small step from abusing an animal to abusing a child ……

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago

There definitely need to be more policing of current laws. The conditions in Souq Waqif are deplorable for all small mammals and amphibians. Yet there is no concern from authorities to enforce current law. There are plenty of rehabilitated strays that one should not need to purchase from outside sources. Importation should be highly regulated. There is more regulation with regard to expatriate work force. Yet their living conditions are probably similar for some. If you import a dog you should be responsible for that dog from the time they arrive until you depart with your dog in tow. Anything other than that should be heavily taxed. ie: import for sale. Otherwise there is not enough expense involved on the importer or the retail purchaser to ensure they take excellent care of their asset. Importing a domestic pet should be easily tracked with micro chipping available worldwide. If you bring a pet…you leave with a pet, unless a veterinarian signs off on a death certificate. Unfortunately many bring in Fido and Fluffy and then leave them to go on holidays or when they leave. You cannot receive an NOC if you have not cleared you banking accounts, loans, and other debts. Why not include your pets?

Jen
Jen
5 years ago

It makes me so mad and feel so sick! If there is one thing that really gets to me it is the abuse of animals. No religion preaches abuse of animals. I am regularly picking up dogs and cats-it is heart breaking! It amazes me that people pray or feel they are holy then go and hurt an animal-a living creature made by God-starve, neglect or abandon it-this includes seeing a dog on the street and not stopping to help it. Anyone can take an action to help an animal-but most will find a comfortable, self righteous, comforting phrase to help them feel okay abt doing nothing- this phrase is : ” there is nothing I can do” . There is! Put water out in the heat, speak to your neighbour abt how they treat their dog-no matter how hard this seems- put out your scraps for stray cats-does not have to be near your house, pick up a dog from the streets-try re home it, leave it at welfare, pay for adoption plan, contribute to Qaws, have a sick or injured stray cat put down, feed a cat colony twice a week, you can be very ingenious when you see neighbours I’ll treating their pets. There r many things u can do-don,t avert your eyes.

Billy
Billy
5 years ago

Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  Billy

How prophetic. In a country that could not care how the humans are treated I cannot imagine the animals have a chance. Inshallah.

Anon
Anon
5 years ago
Reply to  CLGourmet

Do you have a personal problem with this country or its people? I’m not from India but I know India is the world’s largest democracy (with the second largest population) and still has high standards for human rights that some of the richest countries in the world do not have.

Prince of the Desert
Prince of the Desert
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon

I think he does have a problem with this country. Why is it when a crime is committed in the U.K. or the U.S. the “country” is not blamed? This can be an act of a foolish tourist or a insane expat. Have some respect for God’s sake.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago

It is irrelevant how much neglect or abuse takes place elsewhere- we live here, the abuse is here on our doorsteps

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago

Do something about your own problems prince. Address human rights abuses and animal abuses….

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon

I have lived in India as well. I must say that their treatment of humans and animals is deplorable too. That would include those poor cows that are destined to roam the streets of the cities. They are constantly exposed to the weather conditions, traffic, and dogs. I have never been to a country before that has so many abandoned feral dogs that must face the same elements of weather, etc.. and also severe abuse by any passerby. We need not mention the people abuse.

jeddai
jeddai
5 years ago
Reply to  CLGourmet

Pick a country Blame it. We are talking about Qatar and its problems … human rights is a huge problem here… let alone animal rights. AND Qatar is very rich to address this very quickly but they haven’t. That’s what anon is trying to tell here. Leave a poor asian country out of the topic.

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  jeddai

I haven’t blamed India. Anon brought it up as an example of a country with high standards for human right. That is an absurd statement.

Lara
Lara
5 years ago

I am at present living in the USA where there are a lot of Animal Rights in place: BUT have also lived in numerous African Countries(work related) where ABUSE of Animals is rife: in fact Shocking!
I used to lie awake at night — listening to packs of Dogs attacking one another and the Police driving around: shooting them at random…Horrible! I tried my best to help as many Animals as I could..
I really wish the Government of Qatar would offer FREE STERILIZATION to stray Animals at least…this would help at least CONTROL the Stray Animal Population and alleviate a lot of suffering ,,,Maybe also People volunteering to talk to Schools and other about Animals and their Origins and on how to LOVE our furry Friends … I believe every Animal has a Soul …If Animals cannot be respected — well then they should Not allow the Animals to be Imported…
BEST WISHES to All of You and LOVE to all the Animals in QATAR …HOPE everything Improves!~

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  Lara

They do provide sterilization.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  CLGourmet

But just for cats now at a single center. What would be great is a few sterilization stations in different places in town, which would make it easier to bring them in after trapping. Right now most sterilizations of cats is being done by private efforts, such as the Trap Neuter Release efforts.

Additionally most do not believe it is right to sterilize an animal.

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Dogs are done as well. However I hear they are not well versed as yet.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  CLGourmet

It is available but it is not free. It costs around 250QR to neuter a male and 350QR for a female. This is paid for by the rescue groups and by individuals like me trying to deal with all the animals in their own location

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I belong to those recue groups. I have paid for several as well. The are not done “just because”. These costs are passed on when adopted when possible. It is not a certain that sterilization will be taken on by the rescue group.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Lara

Animals have souls? So there really is a doggie heaven?

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

According to Islamic teaching, yes they do, indeed, have souls and we all meet on the other side:

“There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but they form communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end”(Quran 6:38).

But those who live in harmony with animals already know this.m

JD
JD
5 years ago

I want to help, please post an email or a number i can contact to contribute in any way possible.

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  JD

Dogs In Doha. This is a FB acct.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  JD

You can contribute money or goods such as dog and cat food, blankets, cushions and toys. The shelters are run by volunteers- you can help by taking dogs out for exercise or consider adopting a couple of animals. If you cannot commit to adoption, which is of course for the lifetime of the animal, consider fostering- taking a few animals home to get them out of cages until they can be found adopting homes. If you cannot take animals, consider sponsoring- paying a regular amount for the upkeep of one or more animals, perhaps visiting regularly. There are no animal rescue organizations funded by the state, it is done purely on the goodwill and from the personal pockets of individuals.
Organisations include QAWS, PAWS, 2nd Chance Rescue, ARCCQ. They take the bulk of the abandoned and abused animals, housing feeding, medicating, arranging adoptions, all through donations and goodwill. There are also many individuals who rescue animals themselves, pay for vaccinations, micro chip, spay/neuter then find the animal a permanent home, or adopting themselves. They also personally adopt and give a good secure life to 10 -20 animals, I know a few.
It is difficult, it is heartbreaking at times. It also makes me so dammed angry, that Souk Wakif still sells diseased illegal imports, that pet shops- and they know who they are- bribe their way past import control to bring in underage, overbred cats and dogs from puppy/kitten farms often completely unsuitable breeds. This all puts the animals here in Qatar- not just cats and dogs- at immense risk, with uncontrolled virus mutations shipped in with those ailing, infested babies along with their cat flu, ear parasite , gut parasites etc. Sickened? I hope so.

Julie Meeson
Julie Meeson
5 years ago

This should be put on a billboard for the people planning on attending the World Cup. It shows how inhuman many people are here. Maybe if no one buys tickets for the cup and doesn’t show up the money being spent on these stadiums, and other things just to look like a big shot other things of moral value would start. In 2008 Qatar was a beautiful place to be, now money, greed, has taken over. In Islam it is haram to harm animals, actually in most if not all religions it is wrong! There needs to be more laws in place for the citizens living here, and the animals. What is being taught to the younger generation? This is disgusting, and heart wrenching.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Julie Meeson

Why do you assume those who did this are Muslim or are even qatari? Qatari represent 10% of the population could it not be there are maniacs in the 90% others

Jamal Al-Yafei
Jamal Al-Yafei
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Haters will always hate no matter how much u treat them good / pay them good , they will always hate , but tbh i Commend u @a_qtr:disqus showing them the truth rather than the propaganda they keep spewing on Qatar..

Reading between the lines
Reading between the lines
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Maybe i’m mis-reading it…. but I’m not sure Qatari’s or muslims are mentioned specifically.

When mentioning people Juile has said “It shows how inhuman many people are here.” – No specific nationality it mentioned.

When mentioning religion, it would seem practical to me to mention Islam as that is the lead faith within Qatar with national holidays and festivals built around the islamic holidays and festivals.

The only thing that could be specifically Qatari would be the word “citizen”, but there it is you that is assuming that that word was picked specifically and knowingly. My assumption (which may be wrong) is that when the whole sentence is considered “There needs to be more laws in place for the citizens living here, and the animals.” is that as Julie is putting forward the premise of “more laws” to help combat animal cruelty, that these would be applicable to all those in Qatar and that the word citizen has been chosen to represent this. Obviously, only Qataris can be citizens, but i suspect the point wasn’t requesting specific laws for Qatari citizens but Qatar residents.

Anyway… i don’t think the comment is hatred towards Qataris (as Jamal mentions) but rather towards the people causing animal cruelty.

Julie Meeson
Julie Meeson
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Maybe if I improperly phrased anything I apologize. By no reason at all do I blame it on a Qatari, or a Muslim. I am a Muslim convert, and my husband and children are Qatari. Generally speaking I was trying to emphasize that Islam, and a majority of other religious beliefs do not believe in harming an animal it is haram. I have seen first hand a man (who was not Qatari) at Al-Meera kick and tried to step on a kitten. While I lived in Qatar in 2008 I don’t recall as much sad news stories here as I read now. I am sorry if I offended you and I apologize.

brorick
brorick
5 years ago
Reply to  Julie Meeson

as a non Qatari I cant put your argument together.
The only Qatari I know that owns a dog treats the dog like a queen..
then theres the fact that like 90% of the population ISNT Qatari, and have had wealth since long before 2008, its maybe you should blame expats..

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago
Reply to  brorick

the fact that you know an owner who respects their pet it fantastic, but a) this animal is possibly in a minority and b) it is the Qataris who wirte and are tasked with upholding the law

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  brorick

No one suggests that a whole nation abuses its animals. The issue is that those who do , do so with impunity

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  Julie Meeson

This story has already been shared internationally, covered in western press

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

Why don’t you match this one up with the food for the poor. Filipinos eat dogs as well as some other Asian nationalities. Stray dogs thus become food for poor low income workers. Problem solved.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I eat cows, sheep pigs and chickens , but I don’t tie them up and drag them screaming behind my car till they are dead. Don’t make light of the topic here. There are so many abandoned cats and dogs in Doha alone I doubt the dog eating expats could even make a dent in their numbers.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

Animals abuser come in all shapes and forms even little blond girls who are actual Vets! But what do I know

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

ps yang was not a feral tomcat but hER neighbours pet cat

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

You find it amusing, that someone tied a dogs hind legs together with electrical cables and dragged it around behind their car? That amuses you? Are you the representative of Qatari’s you usually seem to portray yourself as?

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Why would u think I find it amusing what is more surprising is you would think I find it amusing .. Is it because I’m from Qatar and your Bigot mind told you it must have been Qataris who did leads you to this conclusion…

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Because you are making light of people’s sincere concerns, making spurious comments about everyone blaming Qatari’s. The blame does lie with those who have the power to enforce the little legislation which currently exist. It lies with those who turn a blind eye to those who import animals which are underage, inbred, diseased. It lies with those who do not prevent people from buying a living creature on a whim then tossing it on the street when the novelty wears off and it pees on the carpet. Finally it should rest with those who have the power to ensure that animal owners cannot leave Qatar without evidence of either relocating or rehoming their pets. It isn’t rocket science but it takes effort and responsibility.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Oh they’re also qatari animal abusers like this young qatari gentlemen.. Anyone remember him.. They video taped him abusing herd of dogs.. You can see his maroon land crusier in the background ..

http://youtu.be/iLmY3il9pt0 Not for the soft hearted

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Thank you for sharing this.

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

This is one of the few Qatari people that actually let their actions show they are willing to do something about this very large problem. The rescue work is all left to expats to do. Otherwise nothing would be done.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  CLGourmet

No this is one the very few who you know off simply because you don’t know many and many cant be bothered with the expat community let alone what they think doesn’t make it few

Also exoats represent 90% of the population and departing expats leaving their pets behind is a big part of the problem.. So it falls on the 90% head just as much if not more than the 10%

CLGourmet
CLGourmet
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Ah, but I am very involved with the group mentioned in this article. And the are some that come and support not just our events for fundraising and public awareness. And yes they are a small part of the population comparatively. However, it is your country and only you can effect change. We can keep cleaning up the carcasses and provide shelter to those in need, and try and educate. Nothing more will be done until it is recognized at the government level. You can keep telling me of all those unrecognized locals that are doing the good work too.

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

It is a very nice video.
I would like to see more like this; it’s so nice and something to be proud of.
You have a good intentions monsieur/madam.
I know that I can disagree sometimes with your opinions but overall am in consensus with much you say in the comments section (>^_^)>
There is also Sam Mannai who does much for the sake of animals (She has a fb page I believe) and the owner of Park View Vet and all those who (both Qatari and expats) work there do a great job!

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

One more to come soon.. Looking for the link.. Story of the qatari girl who rented out a whole villa to house 100+ stray cats… Which she then proceeds to make soup from them

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Does she deliver?

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Heard it tastes like tuna

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Seriously I don’t know why you still bother sometimes but I’m glad you do. The view on Qataris borders on hysterical sometimes. I can’t imagine being outnumbered 10-1 in your own country and then a bunch of people telling you are baby eating maniacs at the slightest thing. I’ve been critical of Qatar, (especially the justice system) but the hatred towards Qataris in general I find astonishing. It’s not the view of Qataris I will take away when I leave.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Deleting this for graphic imagery.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

You could have deleted the pic not the post… It was of an American girl, a vet who out an arrow into a pet cat and was proud if it on fb

http://gawker.com/texas-vet-fired-after-posting-about-cat-shed-allegedly-1698708028

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

That deranged US Veterinarian immediately lost her job, now faces criminal charges, and likely will be barred from her profession for life. This is as it should be.

At least she faces consequences and there is no cover up or blaming others.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

yet she was a vet and a sicko… if you wish to claim that authorities will not take action on those who torture animals do so based on fact… just because dn doesnt report it doesnt mean it does not happen… what is interesting is if any of the expats who experience animal abuse bother reporting it or do they wash done their guilt with a simple tweet which in their mind suffices

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

plenty of expats put their money where their mouth is. Plenty of us rescue the victims of abuse and neglect daily, housing them, paying all the costs of vaccinations chip, neuter, then give them a caring secure home. As for reporting it- I would go out of my way every single day to report abuse, neglect, abandonment, but there is no one to report it to. Please inform me who, where and what the penalties would be.

Victoria Melbourne
Victoria Melbourne
5 years ago

Janet Jackson is such an animal lover. I hope that she becomes a patron of Qatar animal welfare. Celebrities need to draw attention to this. It can be very powerful.

Citizen
Citizen
5 years ago

The problem is the misinterpretation of a particular saying of the Holy prophet (s.a.) where He has mentioned that Angels do not enter the house where in a dog dwells. Majority of the people interpret this as one not being allowed to keep or come near dogs. This is a wrong concept, the dogs mentioned here at those human beings who have the spiritual manifestation of a dog and also those dogs which are not trained properly for some of them are ferocious. There are verses in the Holy Qur’an where God permits the use of hunting dogs, not to kill the prey but to retrieve it. There is also a famous Hadeeth of the Holy Prophet (s.a.) wherein a lady was granted entry to Heaven for quenching the thirst of a dog during the hot summer period. Dogs do not have a soul like humans have, this is the reason that some of them being extremely ferocious need to have proper training in place to make them human friendly.

One should therefore treat animals with kindness as the Holy Prophet (s.a.) did and dogs are no exceptions.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Citizen

Dogs don’t have a soul and that is what makes them ferocious. Did you seriously just write that?

Coco
Coco
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Magic, djins, curses and evil broom riding maids are common here. I know a card trick but I’m afraid I’ll be burned if I try to show off my skills. Soulless dogs don’t surprise me…

Reem
Reem
5 years ago
Reply to  Citizen

With that logic — some dogs are ferocious and because of that they do not have a soul — than neither do human beings as there are some horribly ferocious, sadistic, psychopathic and cruel humans.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago
Reply to  Citizen

I don’t care which religion you may follow- I don’t accept that any religious teachings include torturing domestic animals to death. Please correct me if I’m wrong. If I’m right, what does it say about the perpetrators of this horrific act?

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Disgusting. I hope these people that hurt defenseless animals rot.

johnny wang
johnny wang
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Exactly. Would wish the same on them and what about the others who go a bit further and abuse, beat up and brutalize other human beings like their poor, helpless and defenseless maids for example. Don’t they deserve something worse

Mike
Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

That’s not what this post is about Johnny. But to answer your question, yes, of course they do.

Janama
Janama
5 years ago

Proverbs 12:10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Reem
Reem
5 years ago

It would be very news worthy to learn more about this announced government initiative: “CMC said that the MOE had a temporary shelter for stray animals in Nuaija area, and a new government animal shelter is being built in Omm Salal Mohammad area. The 3,000 square meter establishment is expected to be finished by December 2015….”

Is it in construction now. Will a vet clinic be connected to it? What sort of shelter or refuge will this be? Will adoptions be available?

This is the first we hear of this. Will Doha news cover the progress?

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Reem

positive stories generate less clicks means less money … sort of like the mirror online

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
5 years ago

If you have followed this dreadful story of torture and abuse, and been touched by it, you could make a very positive contribution by adopting one of the 7 puppies . Usual criteria will apply i.e. to be vaccinated micro chipped, spayed/neutered and with a commitment to relocate with you if you leave Qatar. You can find this on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/299192170178359/permalink/742611142503124/
or contact me via Doha News.

aisha
aisha
5 years ago

thanks to Hamda Al-Thani who went all the way to industrial area and picked them up

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