The Kudumbashree Mission in Kerala is all set to launch a special training program for women to catch dogs. The programme will be initially implemented in Ernakulam district.
The animal birth control (ABC) programme will be executed in all local government bodies across the state.
Apart from catching dogs, they will also be given first-aid and para-veterinary training to assist sterilization surgeries of stray dogs, Shyam P V reports for The Times of India.
"In the wake of the stray dog menace that the state is now facing, a proposal has been put forward for the Kudumbashree women to undergo training and become dog catchers," a senior official from the LSGD told ToI.
However, Kudumbasree sources have reportedly said that it is very difficult to get
candidates for the training because it requires physical fitness and self-confidence.
Sally Kannan, ABC programme manager told ToI that dogs trust women more than men.
"From my personal experience as a dog catcher, I have always felt that having a woman in the team makes it easier to catch more dogs," she said.