Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Once prized as pets, abandoned Tibetan mastiffs are now wreaking havoc in rural Tibet"

SI:

Previously, this majestic breed was kept by wealthy families as a trendy, rather pricey pet and status symbol -- one dog could even be sold for as much as a million yuan. But, recently, interest in the breed has declined dramatically, leading to the abandonment of a significant portion of the country's overbred mastiff population.

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This continues to cause problems in the region today, besides the insane amount of dog feces on the street and the diseases that these animals carry, free-roaming Tibetan mastiffs have proved to be a danger to livestock and even people. Last November, an 8-year-old girl died after she was mauled by a stray in Qinghai. There are regular reports of mastiffs chasing people in packs and even small towns are known to have a population of at least 500 stray dogs.

"The sharp decline in the price is one reason behind the rise in homeless Tibetan dogs, and the other is their strong fertility.