Over 18,500 street dogs sterilised, 75,000 others vaccinated in Hisar

Over 18,500 street dogs sterilised, 75,000 others vaccinated in Hisar

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-04-09 13:23 Hisar (Haryana): With an aim to curb the increasing cases of rabies in Haryana's Hisar district, as many as 18,500 street dogs have been sterilised while 75,000 others have been vaccinated to curb their population. The project to sterilise street dogs was launched to eradicate rabies was launched in March last, a year after several cases of dog bites were reported. And since then, the authorities have sterilised 18,500 dogs and vaccinated 75,000 others. Officials said the project was being carried out under the National Rabies Control Programme (NRCP) in collaboration with the health ministry and would be taken up in other districts in phased manner. "We have sterilised 18,500 dogs and vaccinated 75,000 dogs under the programme. The project will also be carried out in other districts such as Bhiwani, Jind, Fatehabad and Sirsa," said NRCP project director Piyush Patel. Once sterilised, dogs are kept under observation before being released, he added. Asia Director of Humane Society International Rahul Sehgal said his organisation was considering making pets part of the project. "The unique feature of this programme is that it is for the first time that a programme of this nature is being run under the stewardship of the ministry of health, because the prime objective is eradication of rabies apart from reducing the population of dogs, who are seen on all streets of Haryana," said Sehgal. He added that the programme would soon be extended to other parts of the country. Piyush Patel (Project Director, National Rabies Control Programme, said the project would also be carried out in Bhiwani, Jind, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts. (ANI)