Buenos Aires, Aug 3 (IANS/EFE) Argentine officials have dropped their
plans to kill over 1,000 diseased dogs in southern Neuquen city after animal
rights groups protested the move.
City councilors had announced to
kill some 1,100 dogs infected with a bacterial disease.
Monday, some 220 dogs would have been killed daily.
the Leptospirosis disease through urine. It was detected after two people
were infected with the disease a month ago in Neuquen, some 1,100 km south
of Buenos Aires.
However, the government has now dropped its
slaughter plan and would instead neuter the dogs and put up for adoption.
Dumpsites, where these dogs lived, are being sanitized.
way we’re going to kill those dogs. Several councilors have misspoken in the
matter,” municipal spokesman Fernando Banchio told EFE Monday.
Animal rights groups had staged demonstrations across the country this
weekend to protest the decision.