The Government says it is prepared to investigate claims of stray dogs being killed using illegal methods.
Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha said that killing dogs is not a policy of the Government.
“There are issues due to stray dogs which we need to find a clear solution. But killing dogs is totally unacceptable.
Anyone who is carrying out this operation should stop this,” he said.
The Minister said that if there is evidence of stray dogs being killed then a complaint must be made and it will be investigated.
A video has been going viral on social media showing stray dogs being killed at the Moratuwa University.
The video claims the dogs had been injected with a substance resulting in their death.
The AFP news agency quoted activists as saying tranquiliser darts were used to sedate the stray animals at the University of Moratuwa but many died from the dose.
“This is cruel and brutal treatment of animals and we want action taken against those responsible,” animal rights activist Wibodha Ambeygoda told AFP.
She said university authorities removed paralysed animals from the campus and dumped them 20 kilometres (12 miles) away to die.
A spokesman for the university said a private company was contracted to cull the stray animals from the campus.
Sri Lanka has strict flora and fauna laws, and cruelty to animals is punishable with up to five years in jail.
Six people were jailed in March last year after posting photos online showing them skinning a sea eagle alive. (Colombo Gazette)