The Yerevan municipal budget for 2003 included
a 20 million dram (about $35,000) allotment
for exterminating street dogs.
The methodology is simple. A three-member
hunting squad goes into the streets at night,
shoots the dogs, and cuts off the tails
as proof of having done their jobs.
As the year ends, only about one-third
of the money has been paid out. Meanwhile
the Yerevan Emergency Hospital has reported
59 dog bites (most requiring stitches),
as opposed to 23 last year. And that's just
in one district of the city.