Recently, an internal police memo from the Harrisburg, PA police department was revealed detailing their new policy in dealing with stray, or feral, dogs. The memo instructed officers not to bring any found animals to shelters, as they were already too overcrowded to accommodate them. Instead the officers were told that if they didn’t want to adopt the animal themselves, they should take it out of town and leave it, or failing that, shoot it. The so-called “kill, adopt, or dump” policy has provoked outrage among animal activists. Harrisburg is rethinking its policy and looking for alternative solutions, but it has shone a spotlight on an ugly problem in the U.S.