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In an extreme measure to eradicate stray dogs, the Pakistani city of Karachi arranged to have over 800 canines poisoned to death.

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Municipal workers have been pictured clearing out the carcasses of the canines on the street of the city, in preparation for disposal.

The killing which can be likened to genocide of some sort, reportedly took on Thursday, August 4, 2016 following serious complaints from residents.

Defending their actions, the District Municipal Corporation disclosed that it had been a necessary if extreme measure to curb the population of strays within the city.

Muhammad Naeem, the administrator of the Corporation revealed to Pakistan's Express Tribune that at least 800 stray dogs, mostly from two sections of the city, Saddar and Lyari,  have been killed in the exercise.

The municipal authorities carefully arranged to have poisoned meat to be used in luring the dogs, kept in different areas on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, as the meat shops closed.

He said: "We made sure that no children were nearby".

So far, the number of stray dogs killed all over Karachi which has a population of over 20 million, although yet to be estimated, might run into the thousands.

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Animal rights activists have condemned the practice as it is hardly the first time this method has been employed to cull the stray dogs. Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre reportedly treats almost 7,000 people for dog bites annually.

They have urged the authorities to adopt a more humane method of handling the situation.

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