Even though the municipal corporation (MC) is spending a huge amount on sterilising stray dogs in Chandigarh, with as many as 25 dog bite cases being reported every day from the city, the civic body has failed to put a leash on the menace.
The number of stray dogs in the city has increased manifold with the number going up to 8,000 according to MC records. However, if councillors are to be believed, the number is no less than 10,000.
Till December last year, MC was paying Rs 775 t o Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for sterilisation of one dog, but they were able to sterilise only 652 dogs last year. From January, the amount increased to Rs 1,000 per dog.
MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughterhouse, MC, said, “Last year, 652 dogs were sterilised. This year, the number is around 350 only. We are trying our level best to bring their population down.”
Stray dog issue will dominate the House in the meeting scheduled for May 30 as councillors are all set to corner of ficials concerned.
Blaming MC officers, Major DS Sandhu (retd) said, “Officers do not understand the gravity of the situation. I believe it is one of the most serious issues for the city. We will question them on May 30 during the House meeting.”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor Rajesh Gupta said, “Social organisations assigned the job of sterilisation of dogs to control population - People for Animals (PFA) and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) - are a complete failure. Let the officers reply on May 30.”
Under fire from the High court, media and people, MC will be setting up a dedicated helpline for dog-bite cases in the city.