“A trial scheme to desex stray dogs in an effort to control the feral population could start early this year, if it gets final approval from the government.
Dogs in two areas – in Cheung Chau and Yuen Long – have been identified by animal welfare groups for the trial, and so far there has been little opposition to the proposal, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department told lawmakers in a discussion paper.
It said the programme would begin once local support for the scheme had been confirmed, and legal exemptions made for the two groups carrying out the neutering: the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA).
Animal welfare groups have long called for a “trap, neuter and release” programme to control the stray dog population.”
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