In response to the call for the community to be engaged in terms of the dog problem, I’m really against killing the poor animals.
It’s not their fault that they were born in Samoa rather than Canada, Britain, NZ, parts of the US and etc...
One issue that you have brought up is that people are poor and of course they are concerned first with their own food but if the de-sexing laws were being enforced people would show up with their animals for free de-sexing when the mobile clinic comes to their villages.
I worked at one and people were lined up for hours and others that I have not been at, I was told, no one showed up because the chiefs of the village didn’t advertise that the mobile free de-sexing clinic was coming to their village.
If fines were enforced I bet people would bring their pets to the free de-sexing clinic when they came to their villages.
There are organizations that will help if the government is on board.
There was one, I think wildlife rescue foundation that was involved in de -sexing dogs and cats for free but the officials on various quasi-government boards kept stealing all the money for the animals for new trucks for themselves so the foundation just got sick of the crap and pulled their organization out of Samoa.
The government has to pass laws making de-sexing a priority and they have to support these agencies who come in to help by making sure their government employees aren’t corrupt.
So far this has been a problem and the dogs take the brunt of people in charge of the funds dishonesty.