5.4.15. Should dogs be removed as part of rabies vaccination campaigns?

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. Euthanasia may be required when dealing with sick (e.g. rabid), injured or aggressive 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. Euthanasia may be required for dogs that are not suitable for rehoming or release back into the community due to health or behavioural reasons. Euthanasia only deals with the symptom of a population management problem and not the cause, so removal of dogs must always be used in conjunction with other approaches and never in isolation.




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