Wednesday, November 06, 2019

127 dogs from Goa airport captured & relocated

Panaji: Following an MoU signed with the state government, world veterinary services (WVS) which was roped in to capture and relocate the stray dogs from the Goa airport runway at Dabolim has sterilised 127 of the 200 dogs that were estimated to be around the runway.

“For the safety of the Indian naval base and millions of international and domestic travelers, we are ensuring that the Goa airport is a dog-free zone. A grant of Rs 7 lakhs has been given to WVS to execute the task,” animal husbandry and veterinary services (AHVS) director Santosh Desai told TOI.

Dr Karlette Fernandes, operations director at WVS-Hicks International Training Centre attributed the reason for the stray dog menace to their search for food and prey.“Garbage and food waste at Chicalim and Dabolim tend to attract stray dogs in the area. There are peacocks, birds and snakes on the runway which could be a reason why the dogs venture in there,” she said.

The organisation has used various methods to capture the strays and take them to their Assagao-based centre for sterilisation. While friendly dogs are being approached and hand-caught, the non-friendly canines are being trapped with the help of a butterfly net and in some cases by planting a trap cage and luring them in with food.

However, since the team has started its operations in September, the strays have only gotten smarter and over 70 dogs still manage to evade the WVS volunteers.There is a lot of vegetation at the airport where the strays hide. As a last resort, we are contemplating tranquilising them with darts and then capturing them. ,” she said.
07/11/19 Nida Sayed/Times of India
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