Manipur Forest and Environment Minister, Th. Shyamkumar Thursday confirmed that stray dogs are behind series of killing of livestock in Manipur since October, creating panic amongst the public. Addressing media persons at his office chamber, the Minister said, “team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), who has been conducting the probe on the string of attacks on livestock have collected enough evidence to conclude that the attacks were carried out by stray dogs.”
To curb the prevailing menace, the Minister informed that a directive will be issued to urban local bodies to serve a public notice to round up all the stray dogs including pet dogs without collars. He appealed to dog owners to collar their pet and keep them indoors in order to avoid any misunderstanding while carrying out the exercise.
“We will take all possible measures to control this menace. These dogs prowling in the streets and villages could turn to man if they get infected with rabies”, he asserted.
The expert cited poor and unhygienic husbandry practice and open garbage as possible reasons for the attacks.