Kerala to launch temporary shelters in Panchayaths to house stray dogs

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government has planned to set up temporary shelters in the Panchayat level to house stray dogs that cause a menace to the public. Instead of setting up a single large shelter to house dogs, the authorities will create smaller ones in various places across the panchayath.

Meanwhile, rabies infection has increased among animals in the state. Rabies virus was identified in 168 of 300 samples tested in the State Institute for Animal Disease at Palod in Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, minister MB Rajesh will chair a higher-level meeting on Monday to discuss the stray dog menace in Kerala. The meeting will consider opinions and recommendations from experts and other government officials. A plan will be constituted to tackle the ongoing situation in Kerala, the minister added.

The government had also taken measures to boost vaccination and sterilisation of dogs. Shelters will be launched across the state to identify and isolate dangerous stray dogs.

As per the government figures, around 3 lakh dogs are roaming free in the state. The government also backtracked from the idea of setting up a single large shelter due to the space limitation in each Panchayat.

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