Haryana will be the first state in the country to implement a sterilisation programme for dogs under the National Animal Welfare Board (NAWB), the body's president, RS Kharb, said.
"We have decided to check the population of dogs to control rabies. The beginning is going to be made from Haryana where the sterilisation of stray dogs will be started soon," Kharb said.
"About 20,000 people die due to rabies in the country each year and the number of stray dogs has become alarming", he said, adding that the `50-crore project of NAWB would be introduced in other states soon.
The sterilisation operations will be conducted by the veterinarians of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar, and state animal husbandry department.
"There are about 30-million stray dogs in the country," he added. "We cannot kill them, but can sterilize them."