Officials on Monday began poisoning the first of thousands of stray dogs in Lima, and an animal protection group protested the move as inhumane and a possible health threat.
Health Ministry workers hope to poison 90,000 stray dogs - about one out of every 10 dogs in Lima - with liver laced with strychnine. Officials say the large numbers of strays in the capital pose a rabies threat.
Rosario Quintanilla, president of Friends of Animals in Peru, condemned the poisoning, saying the dogs suffer needlessly before dying.
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