The first dog shelter run by a civic body in the State is all set to open in ten days.

Construction is on at the 35,000 sq ft of space that was earmarked by Chennai Corporation in the vicinity of Kannamapet burial ground. An additional area of 5000 sq ft will be used for creation of a burial ground exclusively for pets.

Residents will be permitted to bury any pet free of cost.

Mayor Saidai Duraisamy and Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kapur inspected the work on Saturday.

As many as 2000 dogs will be accommodated in the shelter in Kannamapet. “Over 5 percent of the 1.7 lakh dogs in the city are infirm. The employees at the shelter will take care of such animals. Often, breeders find certain dogs to be not of use and abandon them. These will be brought to the shelter,” said an official of Chennai Corporation.

“The shelters will not violate any animal birth control rules. It will accommodate animals forced out because of territorial nature of the dogs,” he added.

The lack of suitable space for dog shelters had forced the Corporation to earmark excess space in burial grounds. The civic body has around 34 burial grounds. The work on identification of unused burial grounds in added areas is underway for the construction of more such dog shelters.

Each of the 15 zones will have one dog shelter each in the first phase. Kannamapet is being developed as a model dog shelter.

The design of the shelters will be uniform with a minimum of 12,500 sq ft of land for each of the dog shelters.

The civic body had recently initiated various efforts to control dog menace including regularising pet shops.

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