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Gold Coins for Culling Stray Dogs in Kerala, declares Alumni Association of a College

In the wake of increasing stray dogs in the city, the alumni association of a college declared gold coins to the civic authorities which would kill the maximum number of stray dogs in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, October 30, 2016: In the wake of increasing stray dogs in the city, the alumni association of a college declared gold coins to the civic authorities which would kill the maximum number of stray dogs in Kerala till December 10.

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The office bearers of Old Students Welfare Association of Pala-based St Thomas College said, “The gift would be given to the heads of panchayats and municipalities across the state where most stray dogs are killed.”

According to PTI, “The outfit had hit headlines recently for providing air guns at subsidised rates to deal with violent dogs.”

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As per government figures, “four persons were killed in the last four months in stray dog attacks and 701 people, including 175 children, were injured across the state.”

This year, around 53,000 people had to take treatment for canine attacks in the government medical college hospitals alone.

“As many as 88,172 suffered dog bites in 2013 while it was 1,19,119 in 2014 and 47,156 in 2015 in the state,” the figures added.

For culling dogs, earlier a state- based industrialist also offered cash incentives. According to PTI, James Pambaykkal, Association General Secretary told, “We are planning to give the gift to panchayat presidents and municipality chairmen in the state who lead in killing maximum number of stray dogs. Our aim is to ensure the safety of people from violent canines.”

“The gold coins would be bought with the contributions, collected from the representatives of the 1200 member- association,” he said.

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James, a physics post-graduate who passed out from the college in 1984, said, “the weight of the coins would be decided according to the total amount collected.”
He further added that the civic authorities, who would like to apply for the gold coins, should report the day-to-day figures of the culled stray dogs.

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Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: Stray Dogs Receive Treatment From a US-Based Team of Veterinarians

The dogs survived despite what was called “open season,” when soldiers were allowed to hunt the animals after the nuclear disaster

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Chernobyl, August 23, 2017: A Boston-based international animal-welfare group says it is sending a veterinary team to Ukraine to treat dogs near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The Four Paws group said on August 20 that hundreds of descendants of abandoned dogs in the Chernobyl area are wandering in and around the destroyed reactor and many live in areas with radioactive contamination, including in the ghost city of Prypyat.

The veterinarians will join a group of other experts already in the region to provide rabies vaccinations, medical treatment, and neutering services to dogs living within the so-called “exclusion zone.”

“Due to wild animals who also live within the exclusion zone, the stray dogs are often infected with rabies, posing a risk to people who work at the plant,” the group said.

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The dogs survived despite what was called “open season,” when soldiers were allowed to hunt the animals after the nuclear disaster, the group said.

“Originally, the dogs retreated to the surrounding woods after the exclusion zone was established, but packs of wolves and food scarcity forced them back to the abandoned city and toward the still-active nuclear plant,” said Julie Sanders, Four Paws international director of companion animals.

“There, the workers began to feed the dogs and they have stayed ever since,” she said.

The explosion and fire at the Chernobyl plant on April 26, 1986, was the world’s worst civilian nuclear accident and has left radioactivity levels high in areas around the plant.

Work has been under way since 2010 to build a massive shelter over the damaged reactor and seal in about 200 tons of uranium thought to be still there. (RFE/RL)

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