Kerala to seek permission to kill 'dangerous' stray dogs as high-level meeting chalks out measures

MB Rajesh | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will seek permission of Supreme Court to kill stray dogs which are dangerous, said local self-government minister MB Rajesh. He was speaking to the media after the high-level meeting convened here to discuss the situation of stray dog menace.

The Supreme Court had sought the recommendation of Kerala as the stray dog attacks have been increasing in the past few weeks. At least two cases of deaths from rabies despite taking anti-rabies and vaccine shots caused distress among people recently.

The meeting decided to conduct a mass vaccination programme from September 20 to October 20, through the local bodies. Around 10,000 dogs will be vaccinated per day. The state has around 3 lakh street dogs. More people will be trained for this, he said. A nine-day training will be conducted immediately with the help of the veterinary university, he added.

Rajesh said the meeting has also decided on long-term solutions for the stray dog menace.

Shelters in block panchayat level, extension of Animal Birth Control programme to all block panchayats are some of them.

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