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200 dogs killed in drive against strays in southern Indian city

By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 16th, 2007 at 8:01 am in Stray dogs.

Millions of stray dogs live on the streets of India, forming packs that attack people.

You think we have dog problems in suburban and urban communities in the U.S.? Think again.

I spotted this story by Associated Press writer Gavin Rabinowitz on the Associated Press wires last Tuesday:

“NEW DELHI — Authorities in the southern city of Bangalore have killed more than 200 strays in a bid to rid the city of dangerous packs of dogs, officials said Tuesday.

“The killings of the animals in India’s high-tech hub have sparked protests and allegations of animal cruelty.

“Officials launched a drive to round up strays last week after a young child was mauled to death by a pack of street dogs, the second such deadly incident in three months, Municipal Commissioner K. Jairaj told The Associated Press.

“More than 1,300 dogs were captured in five days and more than 200 that were identified by veterinarians as diseased, rabid or aggressive were euthanized, Jairaj said.

“The drive, however, has been suspended until more animal shelters can be built.

“Animal activists also have protested, saying dogs were being indiscriminately killed and cruelly treated.

“Millions of strays live on the streets in India. Some, particularly in areas near garbage dumps or butcher shops, form dangerous feral packs that have attacked people. Rabies is also rampant. … ”

There’s lots more, but I had trouble getting past the part about millions of stray dogs living on the streets, and uncontrolled rabies. This is probably a good place to remind you that rabies is a fatal disease.

What if we were talking about California?

Think about it.

(You can read the rest of the story at Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_re_as/india_dogs_1)

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