Now cricket fever hits stray dogs

By Nadia Fazlulhaq

Following the rounding up of the city’s stray dogs during the period of the SAARC summit, officials of the R. Premadasa Cricket stadium too have appealed to the Colombo Municipal Council to clear the surrounding area of dogs during the India Sri Lanka cricket series.

An official of the Premadasa stadium said they had made this request as there was a large number of unvaccinated dogs in the area which posed a threat to spectators.

“For years we have been unable to stop dogs from entering the grounds as they have easy access through the barbed wire that surround it. There have been several incidents where children who had come for training being bitten by dogs,” he said.

Dr. W.W. Stanley, who is in charge of the CMC’s dog pound said they were looking into the request by officials of the stadium.

“The CMC does not have a huge dog pound and this is going to pose a problem if each time there is some kind of international event and officials make requests to keep stray dogs there for the duration of the event,” he said.

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