Two truck loads of street dogs from Seydikemer were abandoned and left to die in the village of Koruköy on Boxing Day.
The two unmarked tipper trucks full of dogs were spotted in Seydikemer by a local resident and Animal Care Uzumlu (ACU) supporter who followed them and raised the alarm.
The Jandarma attended and gave chase, eventually eventually pulling over one of the, now empty, trucks. The truck was impounded and the drivers detained for questioning. It transpired that the drivers were Belediye workers from Seydikemer who told Jandarma that the dogs had been abandoned in the Koruköy district between Üzümlü and Nif. The village is 1200 meters above sea level and is uninhabited in the winter due to the freezing temperatures.
More than 40 dogs of all ages, including a mother and puppies, were abandoned without food to die, and would have had it not been for the quick action of Animal Care Uzumlu.
ACU and locals, outraged by this cruel act, mobilised immediately, providing food and water for the dogs and working with Fethiye Municipality to round them up. Unfortunately, they weren’t in time to save two of the puppies who froze to death overnight.
Most of the dogs have been rounded up and are now with ACU, Fethiye Municipality Shelter, HAYDOS, locals who have taken them in and a few, who were mistakenly picked up in the sweep, are reunited with their owners from Seydikemer. A few dogs have been neutered and returned to Seydikemer.
There are two very timid dogs who are proving difficult to catch, a local resident from Nif is feeding them daily in the hope that they will become accustomed to him, enabling them to be caught.
Had the dogs not been rescued, they would have fought and killed each other, preying on the young and the weak first.
An increase in the financial burden
These extra dogs have increased the financial burden of ACU and animal shelters. They are now focussing on fundraising for healthcare, neutering, anesthesia, medicine and special food for the ill dogs and puppies.
So far, an amazing 16,000 TL has been raised towards these costs.
Please click here if you would like to make a donation to the Seydikemer Dogs fund.
Alternatively, why not go along to the fundraising evening on 29th January.
A message from Brenda Singleton, the President of Animal Care Uzumlu (ACU).
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this rescue. The Fethiye Beliediye have been amazing and started rescuing these dogs extremely quickly. Thank you so much to the chief vet at the shelter Emre and all his staff, the Koruköy Muhtar and Erkan the Üzümlü Muhtar.
The Jandarma were extremely efficient – attending the scene only minutes after we had asked for assistance.
Thank you also to the Üzümlü residents who are members of ACU for taking such quick action to save these animals; Claire Dalton and Darren and Pinar Urav . The rescue was carried out in a calm and controlled way and I am proud to live in Fethiye amongst all these people and authorities.
The money raised will be ring fenced for six months for the Seydikemer dogs here in Üzümlü and in Seydikemer. The money will be spent on food and healthcare for the six puppies and their Mum and an old dog, Opi, who is in our secret garden villa .
We could not have helped look after these animals without extra funding as we just manage to cover our monthly costs due to a 40% increase in animal food.
Animal Care Uzumlu, as a registered legal charity, has registered a complaint letter about this awful incident with the Muğla governor .
They would like to back this up with as many signatures as possible. Please contact Animal Care Uzumlu for details of where you can sign the petition letter.
Sources: Animal Care Uzumlu/Fethiye Belediyesi/odatv.com