More than 50 per cent drop in stray dog population


By Dilanthi Jayamanne 

Chief Veterinarian of the Colombo Municipal Council, Dr I. Dharmawardane yesterday disclosed that the census carried out by his Department had revealed that the number of stray dogs in the city had decreased from 5,000 to 2,100 during the last five years.

 Dr. Dharmawardane said that 900 of them were female. The census was carried out on 1,200 roads in the city. He said that the census carried out by two veterinarians, Drs. Vasana Siriwardhane and Ramya Dissanayake and their teams from 5.00 am to 9.00 am had helped the Department identify locations frequented by the strays. This would help the Department carry out its rabies vaccination and sterilization programmes effectively. 

The Chief Veterinarian said that was planning to eradicate rabies in 2016. "However we need to educate the public on acting with responsibility," he said.

 The CMC had carried out the census after a lapse of nine years, he said. The last census it was revealed that the city stray dog population was a little over 5,000.

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