During Sierra Leone’s civil war, tens of thousands of people were killed and more than a third of the population was displaced. As the country recovers, the devastating effect of the war on domestic animals has also become clear, prompting the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society (SLAWS) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to act.

When peace was restored in 2002, overcrowding and desperately poor living standards in the capital Freetown overwhelmed the authorities. A build-up of refuse and biological waste provided a food source for stray dogs and they bred freely. Diseases ...


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