The U.K.-based Worldwide Veterinary Services, the Tirupur Corporation administration, the Thangam Memorial Trust for Animals, and few other organisations joined hands on Monday to commence an ambitious project to control the stray dog population in the city, and to fight rabies.

“We are planning to vaccinate about 5,000 stray dogs against rabies, as dog-bite is the main cause for rabies in human beings. Surgeries will be carried out on 500 dogs by January 31,” said Murugan Appupillai, a veterinarian and regional manager of Worldwide Veterinary Services.

The volunteers from different organisations, including trained animal handlers, were involved to catch the dogs and give vaccinations against the rabies.

Dr. Murugan Appupillai said that the family planning procedure would be conducted at the modern facility run by Corporation administration, near Kovilvazhi.

“We are going to focus more on female dogs for the birth control programmes, as that is more effective and easier way of controlling the population increase,” he added. Asha Krishnakumar, the managing trustee of Thangam Memorial Trust for Animals, said the people could bring out their domestic dogs too for vaccination against rabies.

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