"The overpopulation of animals in the South is unreal," Katie Kincaid, secretary of the Alabama Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tells Brooke Carbo in Sunday's Star article Unsheltered Part 1: Alabama’s shelter pets head north to find adoptive families.
On a related note, The Atlantic reports on a severe dog population problem in Romania:
It seems the stray dogs of Bucharest have been holding back the Romanian capital’s attempts to reshape itself as a modern European metropolis.
According to the city government, a staggering 64,000 feral dogs live on Bucharest’s streets, giving the metro area, population 2.3 million, more than twice as many street dogs per capita as Detroit, its closest U.S. rival. Last week, a stray dog debate that had previously been more about public health, animal welfare and Bucharest’s image took a tragic, urgent turn, when a 4-year-old boy died after being mauled by a dog pack. Following an understandable public outcry, Bucharestians will vote on October 6 on whether or not to allow euthanasia for the city's entire stray dog population.