Social Integration Feasibility of Free-Ranging Dogs for Animal Welfare, Public Health, and Conservation Benefits Public
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This project assessed free-ranging dog (FRD) population characteristics in relation to local environments and dependency on humans in areas of Kolkata, India alongside surveys on perspectives and treatment of FRD. Multivariate analyses using survey data indicated several notable challenges and requirements of effective FRD management. FRD case studies and interviews conducted with professionals in FRD studies, law enforcement, and service training in the US and India were used to construct a STELLA (system dynamics) model to simulate an innovative testing, training, and deployment process for FRD, proposing that social integration would replace undesirable effects of FRD with societal and environmental benefits for all stakeholders.
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