TANAH LOT ~ Dozens of wild dogs roaming one of Bali’s top tourist attractions, Tanah Lot Temple, were culled on Wednesday by a team from Tabanan’s Livestock Department, an official said.
Manager of tourism at Tanah Lot I Made Sujana said dozens of dogs were culled and buried in a prepared grave away from residential areas.
“The elimination of the dogs was in anticipation of any problems that could arise from dogs infected with the rabies virus. The safety of tourists to Tanah Lot is our first priority,” Sujana said.
According to Sujana, Tabanan’s Livestock Department had spread information about the plans to cull the dogs and worked together with local communities to round up the dogs.
He said information about the cleanup would be publicized so that tourists would feel safe visiting the famed Hindu temple on Bali’s west coast.
At least four people have died in Bali from rabies since the end of last year as the authorities continue a widespread culling and vaccination program.