Shackled with ABC Act, Bhopal civic body fails to tame dog menace

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 18:31 IST

Incidents of stray dogs attacking people and pets in Bhopal are on the rise but the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is helpless, as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Animals Birth Control Act come in its way.

On Tuesday, Pinky Goyal, 28, was saved by some boys on Idgah Road, when a group of about half-a-dozen stray dogs attacked her on her way back home.

In another incident on Wednesday night, about 20 stray dogs jumped into the house of one Bhoora Bhai in Jehangirabad and killed seven goats and injured nine.

Similar incidents of attacks by stray dogs have been reported from Shahpura, Arera Colony, Aishbagh and other areas.

While citizens are suffering, BMC quotes laws of the land to express their inability to deal with the menace.

Bhopal which has a population of about 18 lakhs has around 1 lakh stray dogs and severity to dog menace could be gauged by the fact that just thinking about what happened last year still sends chills down spine of many people.

In February 2013, two dogs inside the JP Government Hospital bit 15 people in a day. Earlier in the year, a four-year-old kid was attacked by dogs in Sultania Ladies’ Hospital and injured seriously.

Over 5,000 cases of dog bites were reported in 2011, 4,500 in 2012 and about the same numbers in 2013. BMC officials claim that they are restricted by the law and could not do much to help the citizens.

In charge of dog squad and veterinary doctor SK Shrivastava said the department is obliged to follow the Animal Birth Control Act as amended in 2010.

“Our policy is to catch, sterilise, vaccinate and release dogs in the same area from where they have been caught," said Shrivastava.

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