Stray dogs in Istanbul
One of the things that caught my attention most when I visited Istanbul for the first time was how many stray dogs there were just roaming the streets.
What you will notice is that all the dogs you see will have tags in their ears. This means that they have been captured, counted, neutered, checked for diseases and finally vaccinated. Once this has been completed, the dogs are then released. This strikes me as exceptionally compassionate for the government to do but does result in a large number of stray dogs.
According to animal protection laws in the country animals can not be put down when they are healthy and this law also prevents them from being kept in cages.
Due to the care that they receive from the government and by friendly neighbourhoods that look after them, these dogs can be seen as owned by the city, rather than stray.
The information for this post was taken from personal experience and Istanbuls government website.