When dealing with free-roaming dogs, it is heartbreaking to see a lactating female hiding away from her weaning aged pups.
The pups, unable to find food and water, try to get milk from an exhausted mother who has given her best to keep them alive.
So why is their mom now hiding from them? Because their dirty long nails are starting to inflame her sagging mammary glands, ie she is getting mastitis and it plainly hurts.
However the worse is not over, the fight for survival is only starting for all of them: the 8 hungry pups directly compete with their debilitated mother for food.
So every free-roaming female who is sexually neutralized is spared misery within the next 10 months (reason #3), so why not target females first and foremost in managing a population of unwanted dogs ?
Dr. Judith Samson-French