Hyderabad: Yesteryear’s film actress and founder member of Blue Cross Society Amala Akkineni on Saturday condemned the owners of pet dogs, holding them responsible for letting loose their animals and the resultant spread of rabies among the victims.
“The pet dogs were not given the anti-rabies vaccines though the medicine was abundantly available by the government,” she told media persons at the Secretariat on Saturday.
The Blue Cross itself received complaints of six rabies deaths due to the pet dogs, the former actress said, while defending the existence and taming of dogs.
When asked whether she had more affinity for dogs than the fellow humans, Amala Akkineni clarified that nobody could achieve anything by killing the animals and emphasised on the need to take precautionary measures in advance.
Her opposition to the birth control programme and cruel killings of dogs was made known specifically.
“It is illegal to kill stray dogs,” the former actress said, stating that even the World Health Organization was against such an exercise.
“There have been no reports of any deaths due to rabies in Chennai and Jaipur,” she informed, conveying a message that the governments there took all precautionary steps to prevent spread of the dreaded disease.
Amala Akkineni had come to the Secretariat armed with number of proposals before the government, to safeguard the canines who are being blamed for the spread of the disease in the state and the resultant deaths.
Mass vaccination of dogs was suggested to prevent deaths in the first place, besides imposition of certain rules and regulations strictly for maintaining pet dogs.
She suggested dog squads and special nets for catching the stray dogs, besides demanding that after sterilization operations, the canines must be released back to the place of their capture.
Amala Akkineni quoted the World Health Organization as defending the lives of the dogs.
Earlier, the former actress met Chief Secretary S V Prasad and submitted her proposals. She was accompanied by Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, Major General (Retired) RR Kharb.(INN)