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The allegations being made on social media that all stray dogs including all those in and around the Vihara Maha Devi Park are being rounded up by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and will be put down are false, the CMC said.
 
It clarifed the rumours in a statement, during the curfew time, due to the non availability of food, many stray dogs were congregating around the Vihara Maha Devi Park and were being fed by the CMC, the Mayor herself and other socially minded people. Due to the lack of food during those times there was a large congregation of dogs at the park in addition to the dogs which were resident around that area from before.
 
There have been mounting complaints to the park administration from park users, the general public and from the park workers themselves that some of these dogs are aggressive and have chased after both walkers, cyclists and even children. Also 8 ducks who were resident in the park have also been attacked and killed by dogs in the last month.
 
Due to this the Veterinary department took measures to identify the more aggressive dogs resident at the park and relocate them temporarily until a more permanent solution can be found. As a matter of information 2 dogs were removed yesterday, as they were identified as being aggressive. All other dogs remain in the area. Therefore the stories floating around that all dogs from Vihara Maha Devi
 
Park have been removed, to be eventually put down is false and that orders have gone out to remove all street dogs is also false. Anyone who cares to visit the park today or even did so yesterday would have observed that there still are dogs in and around the park.
 
For your further information there are presently 8 dogs, in addition to the 2 dogs brought in yesterday, at the CMC facilities, of which 3 are for sterilization, 4 for observation as they have bitten people on the street and 1 extremely aggressive dog which cannot be released due its nature. Also the CMC has not put down any stray dogs in the last few years and will not be doing so in the future. This is a fact well known by all animal welfare groups.
 
What we hope to do is develop our halfway house facilities which will be a holding place for stray dogs until foster homes can be found for them. We have invited animal welfare activists to discuss steps we like to take in this regard and also obtain their valuable input and assitance to better manage these facilities.
 
We trust that this has shed light on what has actually happened and will put things in perspective.
 
The Mayor personally visited the facility today at 1.00pm. Further to this visit the 2 dogs in question will be inoculated and she has ordered that they be released at the park until a long term sustainable solution can be found to the issue of stray dogs in consultation with all stakeholders.
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  • ANil Saturday, 30 May 2020 06:25 PM

    wow.... the mayor appears to have had a dog day afternoon. Rid the city of all canines rabid or otherwise and the bitch too, ASAP.

    POLITICO Saturday, 30 May 2020 06:34 PM

    NOT STRAY DOGS better some other variety

    Dr. P. Phelps Jeganathan Saturday, 30 May 2020 10:50 PM

    Stray dog menance is something needs a permanent solution. At least Colombo mayor can find a solution for this issue. In no developed countries they allow dog to roam and cause problems to the people. How can foreign entrepreneurs come to country like this and invest money? Find a space in remote area and relocate all stray dogs. Get some funds from animal lovers and feed them. Act immediately.

    Maheshpererakdk@mail.com Saturday, 30 May 2020 11:12 PM

    Solution is simple. Drop them at animal rights guys places. They will look after them very well. They got funds from ngos as well. No issue for them.

    Antany Peter Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:48 AM

    When I was growing up stray dogs and mosquitos were controlled by the Jaffna Municipality remarkably well. Now days stray dogs are everywhere, from people to animals can do anything as they please. Lawlessness in every aspect of life in Sri Lanka, sadly the current President who had the military discipline going with the flow. The politicians are scared to control the stray dogs, perhaps they think that they may reincarnate as stray dogs for betraying the people for their petty desires.

    Yankee Dude Sunday, 31 May 2020 09:07 AM

    Then why are so many protesting ? .

    Antany Peter Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:42 PM

    Foolishness becomes political correctness... When I was given hardships by my siblings, the people and police done nothing, but look how many people are protesting for the stray dogs. If you treat people like me worse than dogs, you are truly cursed for many generations.

    Antany Peter Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:43 PM

    Ask the protesters to take the stray dogs home and make sure they don't let the dogs to roaming around the streets. I bet they won't do that, because they are hypocrites.

    Dee Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:52 PM

    Good old days when anything was being 'taken out' , where were these people to question?

    Prashant Liyanage Sunday, 31 May 2020 04:32 PM

    Feeding strays on the street is not the solution. They spread disease and still dont have a home to sleep. Take them all in and put for adoption. And yes sadly the ones who rabbied and are dangerous to everyone needs to be put down. Anyways you are more worried a few elites and the dogs than the rest of the city

    chandra Sunday, 31 May 2020 07:00 PM

    Releasing of Pet dogs to Road is a pandemic. All may remember on Wesak Poya day – it is a popular news published by media that one owner of the pet dog unsecuredly released his dog to road, Ultimately some body shooted to that dog and dog died. This death, Shooter as well as Owner of the dog both are responsible. Further that day is a 24 hrs curfew day. Organizations and people who appearing on behalf of dogs are not taking about this type of criminals which dog owners’ are doing. Stray dogs are increased by this type of dirty owners. Take Strong Legal action against them.

    Jonny Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:09 PM

    Now that the Parliament is dissolved , they are straying on the streets.


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