Remember us Brits are crazy on dogs we treat them like a member of the household and the laws in the UK for animal welfare and especially for dogs are very strict. You are more likely to go to prison for abuse or neglect of a dog then to steal or threaten other people.
Imagine my amazement when in arriving in the Philippines and the way in general dogs are treated. Mostly, in my opinion very bad.
I have been in resorts where security guards and grounds men chase stray dog around and get pleasure of throwing rocks at it smashing its head with wood kicking it and laughing as it yelps in pain, this is done in front of other diners who have no reaction to it.
I live in a very upmarket village and one guy has five dogs caged all the time day and night, they whimper yelp and cry out for help all night, it got so bad I asked him several times to do something, he did not. I made a complaint to the village leaders it was ignored. I tried reason with the man to please let the dogs out to help stop the suffering; his reply is to tell me if I continue he will kill the dogs in front of me!!.
I took this seriously, as a house further down had complaints about its dog barking all night, after the complaint was heard the owner and his friend kicked the dog around the garden whilst laughing then took it out the back where a scream of pain was heard. The dog was never heard or seen again.
My friend who lives in a “poor” village has a dog that the family treasure, it’s truly loved and trained and is part of the family but they admit they are not the norm where dogs are concerned.
I have seen so called guard dogs tethered to such a short leash all day that they cannot even sit down!! I have not yet seen dogs being eaten; but I will and can accept that if a dog is all the food anyone has, that is understandable.
I am fully aware of the rabies situation and I understand it’s much better to be wary of a stray dog, but to torture or mistreat the so called family pet!!
When I stayed on POLILIO ISLAND I was not surprised that dog catchers roamed at night, what I was surprised to see is that ANY dog seen is put in a truck taken to the city hall and drowned in full view of the public. That scene will haunt me rest of my life.
It amazes me that my new home of choice offers so much beauty and such wonderful hosts that this can happen, even if my experience is not the norm, there is a strange culture to Dogs in this country.