The Health Ministry is to set up a sanctuary for stray dogs in the Anuradhapura District.
Health Minister Maithripaa Sirisena has said the sanctuary would be set up in a two acre block of land.
According to Ministry statistics, the stray dog population in the country stood at 2.5 million. The sanctuary would be the first step in controlling the stray dog menace and rabies linked to dog bites.
Sirisena has reportedly requested the Rabies Control Programme to set up sanctuaries for stray dogs in other parts of the country as well.
He has added that the treatment of dog bites and rabies had cost the government Rs.500 million annually and pointed out that an anti rabies injection cost Rs.30,000.