A 60-year-old woman named Sumiati has decided to take care of 56 stray dogs that have been dumped by their owners on Padang Galak Beach.
Sumiati who has been scavenging unused items around Padang Galak Beach for a living admitted that she has been taking care of dozens of dogs that were dumped by their previous owners on the beach area. “I work as a scavenger in the Padang Galak Beach area, and I’ve seen many Bali dogs dumped in the area,” Sumiati said during an event called Ups and Downs In Bali at Taman Baca Kesiman.
She explained that the majority of the dogs that she found were females and suffered from some type of physical illness. “Most of the dogs were females and still very young, so they were unable to feed themselves. Some of them were sick and even blind. Their owners were potentially worried about them reproducing if they kept them as pets.” Sumiati added.
Sumiata has been feeding the dogs from donations that she received from the animal welfare foundation and sometimes leftovers from offerings from the local community. She also stated that all the dogs have been neutered in an effort to control the dog population on the island. “I’ve not let anyone adopt these dogs yet as I’m afraid they will hurt or abandon them. But I also hope that there’s a better place or shelter for these dogs to live in the future.” Sumiati concluded.
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