The state of Kerala is ready to launch temporary shelters in the various panchayats to house stray dogs which cause a menace to the public.
The authorities have decided to set up and create small shelter houses across the different panchayats instead of creating a single large shelter house to the dogs.
The rabies infection has spread quickly across the state as the virus was identified in 168 of 300 samples tested in the State Institute for Animal Disease at Palod in Thiruvananthapuram.
Their minister MB Rajesh will chair a higher-level meeting on Monday to discuss the stray dog menace in Kerala. “The meeting will consider opinions and recommendations from experts and other government officials. A plan will be constituted to tackle the ongoing situation in Kerala”, the minister added
Actions were also taken to boost the vaccinations and sterilization of the dogs. Shelters are planned to be launched across the state to identify and isolate dangerous stray dogs.
As per current statistics, around 3 lakh dogs are roaming free around the state. As stated before, the government has stood back from the idea of having only a single shelter because of the confined spaces of the panchayats.
A few days back, there were four dog victims who were ominously dead. And it was supposedly due to vaccine failure which lead to it being the meeting’s agenda.
As per the guidelines, the state has also proposed introducing a licensing system for pet dogs and preventing the piling up of garbage.
This current issue has become the talk of the times and has been circulating around social and mainstream media.
Vicious attacks of stray dogs
There was a viral video where stray dogs were targeting, chasing, and attacking children who were coming home from school.
On Sunday at Attappady in Palakkad, stray dogs attacked a three-year-old tribal toddler on his face and limbs. Stray dogs even attacked a senior citizen in Kannur. Victims of stray canine assaults looking for clinical resources at hospitals are reportedly rising.
Citizens have complained of stray dogs threatening individuals at public parks, bus stops, beaches, streets, faculty and university grounds, and important thoroughfares.
In Kozhikode, 3 people out of which 2 were children were attacked by a stray dog at Arakinar. Noora (12), Veiga (12), and Tajudeen (44) were three of them who suffered from canine bites.
The 44-year-old man was bitten when he was trying to save the other 2 children. Another kid of 12 years was also attacked by a stray dog at Vilangad in Kozhikode.
Moreover, a woman was found dead at Kollam after a stray dog attack. In Kannur, a stray dog attacked A Damodaran, a senior journalist and BJP National Council member who then sought care at the Kannur district hospital.
All these stray dog attacks and deaths have led the government to plan to intensify the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program across the state.
And recently, the local self-government minister MB Rajesh of the state that the state of Kerala is seeking permission from the Supreme Court to kill stray dogs which are lethal.
In the meeting, they decided to conduct a mass vaccination program from September 20 to October 20, via the local bodies. An estimated 10,000 dogs will be vaccinated per day. Also, a nine-day training is planned to be conducted immediately with the help of the veterinary university.
There have also been revelations saying that stray dog feeders will be held liable for stray dog attacks. Also, there have been a group of individuals consisting of environmentalists and animal protectors who argue that killing dogs will have a gravely negative impact on the environment.
In the year of 2016, the Supreme Court warned vigilante groups saying that human life was not superior to human life. The Supreme Court called for a balance between being kind towards stray dogs and the necessity of protecting of people from the ruthlessness of the strays.
In the next hearing of the case, the government will seek permission for Kudumbashree to catch dogs by giving special attention to hotspot areas such as schools and other areas that are specified by Health Department and the Animal Welfare Department.