Kathmandu, Dec. 17: It won't be long before the capital city will stop seeing dogs loitering around, the credit for this goes to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The successful sterilization of stray dogs is being carried out and it is well into its fourth year now. The city is bracing ahead to be a stray-dog-free-zone after 15 years.
The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre backed by Kathmandu Metropolitan City has been sterilizing the stray dogs for the past four years as the animal rights groups opposed vehemently against the mass poisoning of the dogs.
Showing the statistics, head of the Public Health Department under KMC, Dr. Babu Ram Gautam said about 40 per cent of the stray and community dogs were already operated and provided anti- rabies vaccine through Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme.
Talking to The Rising Nepal, Gautam said that KMC used to poison the stray dogs and bury them in far off areas. It was not an effective method to control the growing mongrel population because only 40 to 50 per cent dogs consumed the poison while rest of the dogs were into breeding again to give birth to puppies. Dogs are used to giving birth twice a year. The average reproduction rate is close to five to ten puppies at one time.