Around 4,000 street dogs in the jurisdiction of Zone 3 of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) are going to be vaccinated and sterilized DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq announced on Sunday.
The mayor made the announcement while speaking at the launch of "Shetu," a rabies prevention and dog population management programme, in the capital’s Mohakhali area.
The programme is being organised jointly by Obhoyaronno - Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation, and Humane Society International, in collaboration with the DNCC, sources said.
Obhoyaronno Chairperson Rubaiya Ahmad gave the key note speech at the launch ceremony.
This is the second phase of a dog population programme in Dhaka city; the first phase ran in 2012–2014 in which more than 10,000 street dogs were vaccinated and sterilized in 36 wards under Dhaka North and Dhaka South.
According to a dog population survey conducted by Humane Society International, there are about 37,000 street dogs in Dhaka – 24,000 in Dhaka North and 13,000 in Dhaka South.
However, Mayor Annisul Huq said all the 24,000 stray dogs under DNCC will be vaccinated step by step with the cooperation of NGOs and welfare societies of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Niketan.