The ministry has plans to open shelters for stray dogs across Lebanon in order to control the overpopulation and provide primary vaccination. (Photo courtesy of Animals Lebanon)
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Following 21-year-old Elie Nafaa's death last week from rabies after being bitten by a neighbor's dog in Chekka, the Agriculture Ministry, in a news conference Wednesday, announced a three-fold action plan to fight rabies and manage the homeless dog population.The Animal Welfare Law, article 4.2, stipulates that any person handling animals, such as owners, pet shops and breeders, must ensure the animals get "the basic needs and vaccinations".Lahoud said the ministry has been providing rabies vaccines at low cost or for free to owners unable to pay for it themselves."Fighting this disease also requires social awareness ... The responsibility lies with the Lebanese as well as the government," Lahoud said.People need to learn how rabies gets transferred and report if they have been bitten or attacked by animals. Lahoud also said there is cooperation between the Agriculture and Health Ministries to share information, study the disease and give vaccines to people suspected of being exposed to rabies.
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