1,050 stray dogs poisoned to death in Karachi

Published: October 19, 2016
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KARACHI: In the wee hours of Tuesday, District Municipal Corporation (DMC) Central poisoned a significant number of stray dogs in Karachi, following reports of their rising population in the district.

According to DMC Central’s elected chairman, Rehan Hashmi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), around 1,050 stray dogs were poisoned to death. He claimed that the district administration was receiving complaints from the residents regarding the rising number of stray dogs in the area, after which they carried out the mass culling with the help of District Central deputy commissioner Capt (retd) Fariduddin Mustafa.

Animal cruelty: 800 stray dogs poisoned to death in District South

“The number of dogs culled is only 40% of the total stray dogs present in District Central,” he claimed. He added that no such campaign had been carried out for years in the district and residents were complaining regarding the presence of such a huge number of dogs.

According to District Central information director Alamgir, the operation was carried out in four parts of the district – 257 dogs were culled in New Karachi, 244 dogs were poisoned in Gulberg, 237 in Liaquatabad and 217 dogs in North Nazimabad.

800 stray dogs poisoned to death in Karachi

Alamgir said that 1,180 poisonous capsules were mixed in around 20 kilogrammes of gulab jamun (sweets) and were left in different areas, which were then consumed by the dogs that died later. “The corpses of the dogs were later shifted to landfill sites,” he said. Earlier in August this year, a similar activity was carried out in District South, when 800 stray dogs were poisoned to death.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 19, 2016 - 10:56AM

    Better than shooting or clubbing them to death. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Oct 19, 2016 - 11:40AM

    They wasted 20 kg of gulab jamun to poison dogs? There are many people in this city who can’t afford to taste gulab jamun for months on end.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 19, 2016 - 12:46PM

    @Ali S:
    U must admit – this is gulab jamun well spent . Recommend

  • Hasan
    Oct 19, 2016 - 1:16PM

    Need that in Gulistan e Juahar and Scheme 33Recommend

  • Muhammad al-Zafar
    Oct 19, 2016 - 5:24PM

    I cannot understand why all the above comments are actually agreeing to the fact that dogs can be killed this way. There are other solutions to this problem. There are animal welfare organizations which are ready to neuter these dogs so that they do not multiply. This will eventually stop the increase of dogs. It is strange to see that this is the best the government can come up with….. tells you about the mindset…… cruelty at its peak. Recommend

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