Dog culling (i.e. removal) alone has never been effective in controlling or eliminating dog rabies and can often be counterproductive. It is therefore not recommended as a rabies control strategy on its own. However, removal of unvaccinated dogs as part of a strategy linked with dog vaccination campaigns can enhance the effectiveness of disease control. Euthanasia may also be required when dealing with sick (e.g. rabid), injured or aggressive owned or unowned dogs. Removal of dogs must be carried out humanely and any campaigns that include removal or euthanasia of dogs should follow published guidelines. Click here for practical guidelines for euthanasia. If culling is considered, it is important to ensure that previously vaccinated dogs are not removed.
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