Kottayam: The alumni association of a prominent college, has announced gold coins to civic authorities which will kill the maximum number of stray dogs till December 10 in Kerala, where four persons have lost their lives and over 700 have been injured in canine attacks in the past four months.

In the wake of increasing stray dog menace in the state, office bearers of Old Students Welfare Association of Pala-based St Thomas College said the “gift” would be given to the heads of panchayats and municipalities across the state where most stray dogs are killed.

The outfit had hit headlines recently for providing air guns at subsidised rates to deal with violent dogs.

“We are planning to give the gift to panchayat presidents and municipality chairmen in the state who lead in killing maximum number of stray dogs. Our aim is to ensure the safety of people from violent canines,” James Pambaykkal, Association General Secretary, said.

The gold coins would be bought with the contributions, collected from the representatives of the 1200 member-association, Pambaykkal said.