Project to be launched today; dog survey completed

A project to make Mayyanad the first rabies-free panchayat in the district will be launched by Labour Minister Shibu Baby John on Saturday. It will be implemented by the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) in association with the Mayyanad grama panchayat and the Lions District 318-A.

The project, named ‘Operation zero rabies,’ is also aimed at finding solution to the stray dog problem. Licence will be made mandatory for keeping dogs as pets. ADH Public Relations Officer D. Shine Kumar said the first phase of the programme, a dog survey, had been completed. As per the survey there were 1,025 domestic dogs and about 300 stray dogs. Domestic dogs will be administered anti-rabies vaccine and issued a certificate, based on which licence would be issued to the owners.

Stray dogs would also be administered anti-rabies vaccination and sterilised. Dr. Shine Kumar said one pair of stray dogs could reproduce and multiply to 22,000 dogs in three years. The only solution was birth control, which would be one of the phases of the programme. Awareness on rabies control would be created through classes, seminars, and camps.

  • Licence must for keeping dogs as pets

  • Stray dogs will be given anti-rabies shots