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    Stray dogs sanctuaries

    NewsWorld Dog NewsMonday 30 May 2011
    Sri Lanka is going to set up sanctuaries for stray dogs soon in order to remove them from the streets and battle rabies.

    Sri Lanka is mainly the Buddhist nation and since 2005 has banned the killing of stray dogs. The government spends over 5 million U.S. dollars annually to treat dog bite victims.

    According to the ministry of health, the first open-air shelter will be in the north-central Buddhist pilgrim town of Anuradhapura. Four years ago the dog population was estimated at 2.3 million and this year 2.5 million despite attempts at sterilisation to keep the numbers down.

    Between 2,000 and 2,500 people are bitten each day by stray dogs and there is one dog for every eight humans in the country of 20 million people.

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