UPFA spent Rs 1,094,294 to feed 203 dogs during CHOGM

Stray dogs released to Wilpattu surroundings

By Saman Indrajith

The previous government had spent Rs. 1,094,294 to feed the stray dogs removed from the Colombo city limit during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in 2013, Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathilake told Parliament yesterday.

Responding to a question raised by Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana, the minister said 203 stray dogs captured from various parts of the city had been kept at two locations in the Baseline Road and the Magazine Road during the CHOGM meeting and none of them were kept there anymore.

"These dogs were released soon after the CHOGM meeting," the minister said.

MP Pathirana: That is a lie. These dogs were taken to the Wilpattu and surrounding areas and released into the jungle. Most of them were killed by moving vehicles. Leader of the Opposition is saddened by this. His wife is an animal lover. This issue has become a family problem. Why did the government release these dogs that way after spending more than one million rupees to maintain them.

Minister Karunthilak said the Municipal Council had given the animals rabies injections and sterilised them before releasing.

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