Stray dogs: The local authorities put the turbo

Rabies in dogs is starting to cause a furor. A month after the death of a French tourist bitten by stray dogs in the town of El Argoub, located 70 km from Dakhla, another incident has brought to the fore the problem of managing dangerous animals. This time it is a five-year-old child fatally bitten by a pack of stray dogs in the rural commune of the prefecture of Agadir Ida-Outanane, Drarga. 

Like all cities in the Kingdom, Tangier is not immune to the proliferation of stray dogs. It is estimated that there are 40,000 stray dogs in the city and surrounding areas. Recently, the day after the drama in the town of El Argoub, an elderly man was seriously injured when a pack of dogs attacked him in the Mesnana neighborhood. In response to the growing grievances of the population, the Wali of the region Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Mohamed Mhidia, seems to be determined to put an end to these incidents. 

In Oujda, the sterilization and vaccination of free-ranging canines bodes well for a solution. Meanwhile, associations are active in the field and undertake concrete actions to manage this plague. It should be recalled that a convention was signed in 2019 to sterilize, vaccinate and identify stray dogs.  

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