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Dogged Determination to Control Rabies

Bali Sterilizing Street Dogs to Control Canine Population and Eliminate Rabies

(3/30/2012) The Livestock and Animal Health Service for Bali is targeting to sterilize 4,500 female dogs in Bali as one step to control the island’s canine populations and control the spread of rabies.

Beritabali.com quotes the head of the Livestock and Animal Health Service, Putu Sumantara, who said in Sanur, Bali on March 27, 2012, that sterilization will be accomplished through hormone injections that inhibit ovulation. He said the step is important due to the tendency in Bali to abandon unwanted female dogs on local streets where they are left to fend for themselves.

Sumantra said the third-phase of the sterilization by injection program would take place over the coming three months. Earlier the first two phases of the program were performed on about 70 percent of Bali’s dog population.

Bali’s canine population is estimated at 300,000 animals.