The Bali Post reports that programs underway to vaccinate Bali’s canine population as a means to eliminate rabies from the Island are being thwarted, at least in part, by feral dogs and unrestrained pets that are difficult to capture and inoculate.
The chief of the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Kadistanak) for Buleleng, North Bali, Nyoman Swatantra, admitted to the press on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, that is team were reporting difficulties in gathering dogs for vaccination.
Homeowners who own more than one dog, are finding it difficult to capture both dogs for shots. Explained Swatantra, “there was one owner who had four dogs, but our staff were only able to capture one of the animals for vaccination.”
Confronted with these difficulties, Swatantra confirmed that the current phase of mass vaccination would continue through June 2013. To vaccinate the dog missed on the first visit, his teams would return to the affected villages. He called on village officials and dog owners to help his teams achieve their goal of administering shots to all dogs in each community.
Swatantra said reports gathered from each sub-district in Buleleng show that 12,623 dogs, 187 cats and 15 monkeys have been vaccinated.
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