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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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