The repercussions of the Greek crisis on the country’s residents have been well documented since its outbreak in 2009. A new report by the BBC focuses on another effect of Greece’s adverse economic conditions.
Stray dogs are a very common occurrence in the center of Athens even prior to the crisis. However, the crisis has exacerbated the situation, as families are unable to look after pets, according to the BBC’s report.
The report notes that according to animal charities there are currently around a million stray dogs across Greece.
The report sheds light on a group of volunteer veterinarian groups who have recently arrived in Greece to help Greek veterinarians sterilize stray dogs in the region of Andravida, Kyllini in Peloponnese.
“One of the biggest worries is the spread of disease and the impact on human health,” Hugo Richardson a British volunteer veterinarian said and noted that although Greece does not currently have rabies, that could happen in the future.
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