Hundreds of stray dogs poisoned in Karachi

Published August 5, 2016
A municipal worker unloads the bodies of stray dogs from a garbage truck after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─Reuters
A municipal worker unloads the bodies of stray dogs from a garbage truck after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─Reuters

KARACHI: Officials have poisoned hundreds of dogs in southern Karachi in the latest effort to curb a population of strays that attack thousands of people each year in the city.

Bodies of dead dogs littered areas of the city where municipal workers gathered them for disposal.

Children react as they ride a bicycle past the carcasses of dead dogs, collected after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─Reuters
Children react as they ride a bicycle past the carcasses of dead dogs, collected after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─Reuters

"At least 700 dogs have been killed only in two areas of Karachi's south in the last couple of days," said Sattar Javed, a spokesman for the municipal authority.

Officials estimated the citywide operation that started this week had culled thousands of strays but did not have a full accounting for all six city districts.

The carcasses of dead dogs are collected after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─ Reuters
The carcasses of dead dogs are collected after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi. ─ Reuters

The periodic culling of dogs using poison tablets hidden in chicken meat has drawn criticism from animal rights activists in Pakistan, but another city official, Mohammad Zahid, said it was necessary because packs of strays posed a threat to residents.

Last year, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre treated 6,500 people bitten by dogs and this year so far it has seen 3,700 cases, said Dr. Seemin Jamali, head of the emergency room.

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