"Thirty-nine dogs have died in Chiayi County since Monday, allegedly due to heat exhaustion, after 70 dogs and a cat were loaded into a vehicle designed to carry just 20 animals, leading to the head of a local animal agency and other personnel being demoted."Demoted? I'd have totally lost it and just beat them all over until the cops dragged me away.
But that aside, the broader fault for such instances of gross incompetence and negligence lies with the Taiwanese tendency to "outsource" the stray dog problem to government instead of taking personal responsibility for it. And part of that lies with the craven attitude of men in acquiescing to the overriding female preference for "cute" toy breeds that they can carry around in their handbags, and this helps make it harder for larger breed dogs to find a home.
I write this after having taken Tinkerbell to the vet's this morning to get her stitches replaced.