GOA : The state government has sanctioned Rs 28 lakh to the Calangute panchayat, via the animal husbandry department, to tackle its stray dog menace, minister for waste management and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said. The panchayat has roped in a Calangute-based NGO, Noah’s Animal Shelter, which will sterilise around 250 dogs a month,he said. Agostinho Proenca, head of the animal shelter, said they aim to sterilise 2,500 dogs in six months with the sanctioned money.
Lobo further said that similar financial assistance would be provided to Candolim, Arpora-Nagoa and Parra panchayats to tackle the strays in their villagesIt may be recalled that following the Covid-19 lockdown, locals in the Calangute-Candolim belt had begun complaining that stray dogs in the area are turning aggressive. With the lockdown bringing tourism to a standstill, food was hard to come by for these strays, thus adversely affecting their behavior. According to the Calangute panchayat, a government census of the stray dogs in the area has estimated that there are around 3,000 of them in the tourism hub.
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