Keep your distance from stray dogs and look out for warning signs


Animal lovers can find themselves tempted by a stray dog's sad face or friendly demeanour. But you should never try to pet or feed them, no matter how cute. Photo: dpa

Stray dogs are a common sight in many countries around the world. Sometimes they trot alone along the beach, or lie in the shade under sunbeds; or they gather as a pack in the middle of town. Animal lovers can be tempted to try to make friends with them – or even to take them back to their homes – but that’s something that animal experts strongly warn against.

“No matter whether you would like to adopt them, or are afraid of them, the most important rule is: keep your distance – and don’t feed them”, explains Daniela Schrudde, a veterinarian who works for the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

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