Nearly 70 stray dogs were neutered (spayed) in the three-day long animal birth control camp organised in Bir area of Chauntra block of Mandi district by the animal husbandry department.
"The aim of the camp was to control the population of stray dogs in the area. This would also check the dog bite cases and control rabies," said veterinarian Dr Sushil Sharma.
He said all sterilised stray dogs were also given prophylactic vaccination against rabies.
"More such camps will be organised in Palampur, Baijnath and Jaisinghpur sub-divisions of the Kangra district," he said.
Sharma also urged the pet owners to get their pets vaccinated regularly against rabies and maintain a proper record of their vaccination.
He said the Animal Rescue, a non-governmental organisation run by Debb Jarrett in Dharmshala, also pitched in with its services by performing surgeries and catching stray dogs for sterilisation.