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Stray dogs to be sterilised from next week in city

S.P. Saravanan
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They will be kept in separate cages after operations

For rest and recuperation:Stray dogs at the post-operative care centre in Veeranam in Salem, after sterilisation. -Photo: P. Goutham
For rest and recuperation:Stray dogs at the post-operative care centre in Veeranam in Salem, after sterilisation. -Photo: P. Goutham

With post-operative care centre for sterilised dogs ready at Veeranam compost yard, Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme for stray dogs is expected to begin next week.

The centre that was used a year ago for the same process without cages has been remodelled now for maintaining 10 dogs in separate cages after sterilisation process.

Salem City Municipal Corporation health officials said that sterilisation was done at Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Hasthampatti and later the dogs that were in sedation for about two hours would be kept in the individual cages in the centre.

Each dog would be provided with nutrient food, including bread, milk, biscuits and rice for seven days and anti-rabies vaccine.

Later on the sterilised dogs would be tagged to make identity mark and let off in the area where it was caught.

Vishnu Kaliappa, president of Salem Acme Kennel Club, an NGO, told The Hindu that ABC programme was carried out for 10 male dogs by the veterinary doctor Joseph this week for a preliminary study.

“It would take three days for each dog to recover fully,” he added.

Health officials said that there could be more than 6,000 stray dogs in the city as identification was carried out last year and no statistics were available for the current year.

Delay

As per the law, an NGO has to be involved while carrying out the programme. Hence identifying the NGO and non-availability of veterinary doctors had delayed the implementation for one year.

“Now the programme will be initiated next week and run for more than 50 weeks. First all male dogs would be sterilised to control birth,” they added further.

Residents in all the 60 wards complain of the increasing dog menace. Cutting across party affiliations, councillors faulted officials concerned for not carrying out the programme regularly.

“With piling up of garbage and tardy work in its disposal, the menace of stray dogs continues. Another post operative care centre with more capacity should be established by the civic body, as the population of stray dogs keeps increasing,” said a member of resident welfare association.


  • Dogs will be provided bread, milk, biscuits and rice for seven days as well as anti-rabies vaccine

  • Sterilised dogs will be tagged and let off in the area where they had been caught


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