Early in August we were contacted separately by three tourists all reporting the same case in Tuban. A number of dogs were seen inside a gated compound. The dogs were all hairless and extremely thin.
The tourists had tried putting food through the fence for the dogs and were very distressed to see the conditions the animals were living in. BAWA had been aware of these dogs and had previously approached their owner, but she had resisted our attempts to speak with her or to treat her animals. We were concerned that the dogs were being farmed and sold for dog meat.
One of the tourists had approached the General Manager of a 5-Star Hotel near to the dogs. The GM was very receptive to their concerns and contacted BAWA.
Our staff met the hotel manager, and from that point on this case became an exercise in networking and partnerships – and an example of the power of working together.
BAWA Staff held meetings with the local village head, Police, Animal Husbandry officers, Military and local government (Dinas).
All parties agreed the dogs were being kept in inhumane conditions and needed urgent help. Everyone also agreed that a united front was needed in order to convince the owner to allow BAWA onto her property to assess and treat the dogs. A date and time was set.
Early on Tuesday morning, BAWA veterinarians and educators met outside of the property. They were joined by the hotel manager, the village head, Police & Military personnel and Animal Husbandry & local government officers.
In a united front, they approached the property and demanded entry.
The woman’s son consented. All parties spoke to him about the condition of his dogs. He was shocked by the number (and importance)
of the people present. He seemed bemused by the attention that his dogs had created.
All stakeholders informed him that his dogs needed urgent medical attention and that he needed to improve the conditions under which they were being kept and the way he was caring for them.
He agreed to allow BAWA vets to administer first aid to the dogs and listened to our education staff. The 8 dogs were treated and the owner agreed to allow BAWA to return on an ongoing basis to monitor their improvement.
The owner has since contacted BAWA several times to provide an update on the dogs and to request BAWA assistance with their medical treatment.
We are simply proud that so many stakeholders came together to achieve improved welfare for these dogs. We are grateful to the hotel manager for caring not only about his guests but the dogs as well.