VENEZUELA CRUMBLING: Starving Residents ‘Abandon Dogs' as Pet Food Costs 3 WEEKS PAY

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Countless Venezuelans are abandoning their cats and dogs across the impoverished country, with new data showing pet food costing average residents nearly one months’ wages as the economy continues to crumble.

“If life in Venezuela has become hard for humans, it has become even harder for many pets. With inflation soaring toward 1 million percent, dog food and veterinary care have spiraled out of reach for millions of people. One kilo - or 2.2 pounds - of dog food, for instance, now costs nearly the equivalent of three weeks’ salary for a minimum-wage worker,” writes MySA.

“The result, animal specialists say, has been an exploding population of abandoned dogs on the streets and rising numbers in underfunded shelters. Although there are no reliable national figures on the phenomenon, officials from eight shelters in the capital, Caracas, said they had seen a roughly 50 percent rise in the number of pets left at their facilities this year,” adds the article.

The disturbing data comes as socialist President Nicolas Maduro implements his “revolutionary strategy” to help stem the nation’s financial crisis; unveiling a new currency and slashing five zeroes from the Bolivar to clampdown on inflation.

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