Dog population control
Abandoned animals represent a health, safety, social and environmental problem, and at the same time, the welfare of these animals is drastically impaired. Programs to control the population of abandoned animals must be such that they effectively solve this problem, without causing unnecessary suffering to the animals.
According to the Law on Animal Welfare (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 41/09), the authorities of local self-government units are obliged to develop and implement a program to control and reduce the population of abandoned dogs and cats according to the specifics of the environment (Article 54, paragraph 1). The body of the local self-government unit is obliged to provide a shelter if there are abandoned animals on its territory (Article 66, paragraph 1), to ensure the collection, transportation and disposal of abandoned and lost animals, as well as to provide them with help, care and accommodation in the shelter in in accordance with this law (Article 66, paragraph 1).
Humane and effective control programs rely on the concept of responsible ownership, which can significantly reduce the number of abandoned animals and the problems associated with them.