By Jakkapong Rawiwan
Livestock Development officials are continuing to vaccinate pets and strays in all 18 districts of the province.
Recently they quarantined 40 dogs from Yang Talad district at a temporary shelter in Nakhon Phanom after they showed symptoms of the disease.
Authorities have made it policy that any dog showing symptoms would be sent to the shelter to die in its own time or by lethal injection if it became hostile.
Wanchai Thawilprai, head of the Livestock Development Office in the province, said 33 rabid dogs were reported last year and there had been 21 rabid dogs in eight districts so far this year.
The eight districts declared temporary epidemic zones are Kuchinarai, Kamalasai, Don Charn, Muang, Yang Talad, Na Khoo, Rong Kham and Na Mon.
The 40 Yang Talad dogs quarantined follow earlier roundups of 22 dogs in Kamalasai and 17 in Muang Kalasin, Wanchai said.
Kalasin Governor Kraisorn Kongchalard has instructed Wanchai’s office to vaccinate all dogs within a five-kilometre radius of any place a rabid dog is discovered.
Kalasin has 130,798 pet and stray dogs and 15,925 cats – a total of 146,723 animals, of which 90,000 had been vaccinated so far, Wanchai said.
The rest should get their shots by the end of April, he said.