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Beigang school draws criticism for alleged plans to round up stray dogs

By Liao Shu-ling and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

An animal rescue group on Thursday accused National Beigang Senior High School of setting a bad example for its students by calling for all stray dogs to be rounded up indiscriminately, regardless of their behavior.

According to its Facebook post, the Animal Rescue Team Taiwan received complaints from several of the school’s faculty members and students claiming that the dean, Tsai Mang-feng (蔡孟峰), had announced during a flag-raising ceremony on Jan. 7 that people should not feed stray dogs and that the school had asked the Yunlin County Government’s animal disease control center to help it round up stray dogs on school grounds.

The post also said that the school was indiscriminate in rounding up the animals and had even removed and was preparing to euthanize a dog nicknamed “Coffee” (咖啡), that many in the school cared about.

The school, in particular the dean’s office, was bombarded with messages from dog lovers and netizens calling for the school to overturn its decision, but Tsai said that the announcement had been made following numerous reports of students and faculty members being chased by stray dogs over the past two weeks.

Tsai said the school acted on the recommendation of its faculty and also in response to recent reports of a young boy who was mauled by stray dogs and had to receive about 100 stitches.

Tsai added that the decision had been made because stray dogs had also attacked multiple staff members and students.

Tsai said that ideally, stray dogs on the school’s premises would have been rounded up before Jan. 9, but that currently only one had been caught and put up for adoption.

The school does not intend to round up all stray dogs, only those that are aggressive and attack or chase people, Tsai said, adding that Coffee was still on the school grounds.

As for the dog that has been caught, if the school decides that the dog is not aggressive, it will allow its faculty staff to adopt it to spare it from the fate of being put down, Tsai said.

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