Mayor S.M. Velusamy on Monday launched two vehicles to catch and sterilise stray dogs. A release from the Coimbatore Corporation said that it had bought the two vehicles for Rs. 14.99 lakh.According to sources, the corporation at present had an animal birth control centre at Seeranaickenpalayam, which was managed by the Humane Animal Society.

Now the corporation proposed to increase the number of dogs being sterilised by sending more dogs to the birth control centre. And, once the new building in Ukkadam for performing the animal birth control surgery was handed over to the People For Animals Unit II, the corporation would also send the dogs there.

The civic body planned to send the dogs to the 10 veterinary centres the Animal Husbandry Department managed within the city limits.

The cost of a surgery was Rs. 440, which the corporation and the Animal Welfare Board of India shared in equal proportion. After the surgery, the stray dogs would be kept at a centre for seven days and thereafter the Corporation would send them to the place from where it picked them up.

The corporation was in the process of training its conservancy workers to catch dogs. It had selected two workers each from the five zones who would undergo the training with the help from personnel from the Humane Animal Society.

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