Animal cruelty: More than 700 stray dogs poisoned in Pakistani city of Karachi

Published 04.08.2016 00:00
Updated 05.08.2016 16:20
Animal cruelty: More than 700 stray dogs poisoned in Pakistani city of Karachi

Officials have poisoned hundreds of dogs in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in the latest effort to curb a population of strays that attack thousands of people each year in the teeming mega-city of some 20 million.

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

"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.

Municipality workers collect the dead bodies of stray dogs during an anti-canine drive in Karachi, Pakistan, 04 August 2016. (REUTERS Photo)

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 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.

Municipality workers conduct such drives on a routine basis in which dozens of stray dogs are killed across the largest metropolis Karachi. (EPA Photo)

Last year, Karachi's Jinnah Hospital 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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