Officials of the Badung Regency Agriculture and Food Service, together with animal lover organizations, vaccinated stray dogs at Legian Beach, Kuta District, on Tuesday (23/3).
A total of 63 stray dogs were vaccinated successfully. The vaccination will continue periodically.
Head of the Animal Husbandry Unit (UPT) of Kuta District Ida Bagus Putu Widnyana, explained that the vaccination of stray dogs in the Legian Beach area was carried out after a request by an animal lover organization.
“There are 100 vaccines that we provide for stray dogs on Legian Beach. Every time there is a request from the community, we always follow up, ”said Widnyana, on Tuesday (23/3).
According to him, the animal lover organization and LPM Legian are fully backing up the vaccination process. In the vaccination process, two criteria were used.
The first is mass vaccination. The program is targeting areas that are included in the red zone for wild dogs. The second is vaccination upon request.
“If the mass vaccination is held, of course, there will be more. But, since what we are doing now is upon request, that’s why we only provided 100 vaccines, “explained Widnyana.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of LPM Legian I Wayan Puspa Negara, appreciated the vaccination of stray dogs in the Legian Beach area. The effort to vaccinate stray dogs is part of an effort to reduce the spread of rabies.
Moreover, many tourists who come to Legian Beach worry about the presence of these wild dogs.
“We appreciate it. Hopefully, this dog vaccination can be sustainable in the future, ” said Puspa Negara.
“Apart from vaccines, of course, we hope there will be sterilization efforts too. We hope that in the future all dogs in the Legian Beach area can be vaccinated for rabies and also sterilized, “added Puspa Negara.
illustration by Pikiran Rakyat