Beijing: Chinese authorities have killed almost 5,000 dogs after blaming five human deaths on rabies in southwestern Yunnan province.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday that the city of Baoshan killed 4,900 dogs and vaccinated another 1,00,000 in its anti-rabies campaign.
Chinese governments often order such widespread dog culls or ban dog ownership to control the spread of the disease. That has sparked outcry from some dog owners and animal rights activists who call for sterilizing and vaccinating dogs rather than killing them.
In 2009, authorities in the northern city of Hanzhong reportedly killed about 37,000 dogs after a rabies outbreak, clubbing some of the animals to death.