The Municipality of Thrikkakara, which was recently mired in a controversy over the killing of an unknown number of stray dogs in the municipal area, offered to find a space to feed the stray dogs. Municipality chairman Ajitha Thankappan said on Tuesday that the municipality had submitted to the Kerala High Court that a suitable space would be found to feed the stray dogs.
The municipality had five spaces in mind as feeding grounds for stray dogs, said the municipal president while reiterating that municipal authorities had not authorized the alleged slaughter of the dogs. The president said the municipality will go ahead with measures according to the court directive.
The Daya Animal Welfare Organization in Muvattupuzha said it was willing to provide its expertise to contain the dog population, although it is estimated that the stray population in the municipality is around 1,000. Animal rights had criticized city officials for allegedly authorizing the killing of stray dogs after 25 dog carcasses were found in a municipal garbage dump last month.
The Organization said it would help manage dogs that need to be spayed under the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program.
The Kerala Indian Veterinary Association has also said it may adopt an animal birth control program in the state after the High Court barred local self-government governments from transferring funds to the Kudumbashree mission, which had previously been hired by the state to carry out the ABC program. .
A stray dog count in 2018 estimated there were around 8 lakh of stray dogs in the state. Animal welfare activists say the number may have increased to around a million by now.