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The Vishaka Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VSPCA) reports that recent rabies outbreaks in Andhra Pradesh (an Indian state with 70 million people) are again threatening human lives. At least seven fatalities have been reported in 2011, including the recent death of a child in Khammam
The VSPCA has been working to prevent such outbreaks by vaccinating and neutering street dogs in their region. More than 30,000 have been vacinated and neutered so far. "The presence of vaccinated, healthy dogs helps to keep rabies out as new unvaccinated dogs cannot move in. Living peacefully in their own communities, these dogs are our partners in the fight against rabies," the organization stated recently on their website.
Prevention of the outbreaks also protects the animals from human attack. Due to the fear engendered by reports of rabies, VSPCA has seen several incidents where mobs have attacked healthy dogs.
VSPCA operates a no-kill sanctuary with more than 1,000 animals and works in their region to educate and involve local people in its efforts to prevent animal cruelty, providing employment in its sanctuary and also wildlife rescue projects such as the preservation of local baby sea turtles.
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