The chief of the Bali Animal Husbandry Department (Dinas Perternakan Bali), Putu Sumantra, told the press on International Rabies Eradication Day, Wednesday, September 29, 2011, that plans are underway to begin sterilizing street dogs in Bali in order to help reduce the canine population on the island.
As reported by Beritabali.com, through the sterilization of the street dog population officials hope to keep the dog population from expanding beyond control. Sterilization will be achieved through the spaying of bitches. “Increases in street dog populations is linked to female dogs, with many Balinese abandoning female dogs on the streets. We will sterilize these dogs through operative procedures or the administration of hormones,” explained Sumantra.
He went on to explain that by keeping street dog population under control officials will find it easier to vaccinate Bali’s dog population against rabies.
Authorities estimate that 70% of Bali’s total canine population of 230,000 has now been vaccinated against rabies.
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