Kerala govt for culling of violent, rabid dogs

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015,21:34 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | With increasing stray dog attack cases, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said there was need for a comprehensive plan, including Animal Birth Control programme (ABC) and culling of violent and rabies infected canines to put an end to the menace.
The local self-governments should formulate a comprehensive plan to provide protection to people from the attack of stray dogs, Chandy said at meeting called to discuss the issue. All basic facilities for the same would be provided by the government, he said.
He said ABC should be implemented successfully, adding, there were no legal issues in connection with the culling of violent and rabies infected stray dogs. Animal Husbandry department will soon start 50 centres to implement the ABC programme. Steps would also be taken to open centres at places that are in need of it.
New centres would be started after discussing the issue with elected representatives of LSGs, he said and added that the government wants to start around 500 such centres in the state. The model of the project to stop stray dog menace, implemented by Kottayam, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts, will be handed over to other districts as well.
The best and suitable models can be picked up and the panchayats and municipalities can implement those, he said. The availability of vaccines and other medicines for dogs would be ensured and the service of veterinary doctors would be ensured.
If necessary, veterinary doctors can be posted on contract basis. Ministers MK Muneer, Manjalamkuzhi Ali, KP Mohanan, V S Sivakumar were among those present at the meeting. During 2014-15, some 1.06 lakh people in Kerala were bitten by dogs, the meeting was told.