Beijing is cleaning up its dog kennels in the wake of rabies
outbreaks in other parts of the country. Officials also said stray
dogs pose the greatest threat of spreading the disease.
The Beijing Municipal Agriculture Bureau will inspect kennels
and check the registration of pet dogs in an effort to prevent a
"Stray animals are the biggest threat of a rabies outbreak
because we cannot guarantee they have been vaccinated," an official
with the farming and veterinary department said.
The public security department will adopt homeless animals and
deal with them after confirming they are stray. But the official
did not say what will be done with the animals.
The bureau is also warning pet owners who have not yet
registered their dogs that their animals must be vaccinated against
Dog kennels are required to be at least 500 meters from
residential areas and water sources and carry out strict
vaccination measures. Rabies attacks the nervous system and can be
fatal to humans if not treated quickly.
Mouding County, Yunnan Province, reported the deaths of three
people from rabies in July. They died within 10 days of being
bitten despite treatment. In response, the community slaughtered
50,000 dogs. Some dogs were beaten to death in front of their
One rabies death has been reported in Beijing this year. The
person was bitten by a dog outside the capital.
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2006)