You hear it in the distance. Music for a funeral procession. A slow waltz of violins and cellos mixed with the mournful distorted voices of Filipino singers. Here comes the Dog Hunter. He stands tall in his vehicle of death with a gun in hand while his driver slowly moves past barangay towns, playing the funeral music loudly. The children come out of their homes, crying and afraid as they see the dead stray dogs stringed up to his vehicle’s hood.
“Keep your dogs locked and chained,” he warns. “Or I will shoot them.”
Slogans on his car read “Rabies Prevention”.
He is also our island’s local veterinarian.