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The dogs get onto the cars to travel to the city center, where they can more easily find food

Dogs of Mosquera find sunlight of public attention

 By Rodrigo Pardo  Tuesday, February 23, 2010

imageMost dogs are smart and stray ones even smarter.  Stray dogs are smarter because it takes intelligence just to survive.

When subway riders in Moscow reported that dogs were riding the subway into and out of the city, scientists were called in to find out how this was happening.  The scientists reported that stray dogs learned to use the subway to travel to the city center in search of food.

“Biology professor Andrew Poyarkov said he has seen several dogs unaccompanied on the city’s underground rail system,” reports http://www.rupor.org.

Just like commuters who travel the rail system with their briefcases each morning, the dogs get onto the cars to travel to the city center, where they can more easily find food.

The marvel is that they travel back to where they live each evening!

“They do not just go to the subway station, they actually board the trains,” the scientist explained.

“They seem to have learnt how long they need to stay on the train to leave at the right station.

“Sometimes they fall asleep and miss their stop.  Then they get off and take another train back to the centre.”

Dr. Poyarkov said he had also noted the same dogs waiting for a green light to cross the road.

That puts dogs one jump ahead of jaywalkers!

Reports of dogs risking their lives trying to haul injured dogs off of roads and freeways originate from both Chile and Denver, USA.

In Mosquera, a suburb of my home city of Bogota, there are some 30,000 stray dogs roaming the streets.

There is no subway for the Mosquera homeless dogs to ride, but Bogota Free Planet, FP who has seen and photographed these dogs can tell you that they stick together.

Hungry and mangy the day we arrived with our camera, the stray dogs were alert and even curious about this rare visit by humans.

It was hard to forget the sadness in their eyes.

Hungry dogs may be skinny everywhere else, but in Bogota many are downright skeletal.

People may be curious why there are so many dogs here.  Mosquera has been a dumping ground for dogs as long as anyone can remember.  Dog owners too strapped for cash to care for their dogs know of the dog population is in the Bogota suburb and drop them off there.

Thanks to animal rights activists who responded to Mayor Luis Alvaro Rincon’s retort to yet another constituent complaining about the dogs that “A street dog is a dead dog”, the plight of the dogs of Mosquera has finally found its way to the sunlight of public attention.

Rincon’s defenders who went out on the march against 300 animal right defenders last month joined forces.  Both groups are now raising private funds to build a regional animal dog pound—with Mayor Rincon’s blessings.

No one with a heart wants to think of 30,000 dogs foraging for food where there is none.

Thanks to what happened in Bogota last month, many of the homeless dogs of Mosquera will have something every dog should have, a safe place called home.

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