The Municipal Corporation (MC) on Monday launched its Animal Birth Control (ABC) project where it sterilised stray dogs to control dog menace in the city.
Six dogs were sterilised on the first day of the project, which has been given to a private doctor. Under this initiative, dogs will be sterilised six days a week. The MC aims to sterilise about 3,500 stray dogs within the next three months.
MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, "We have launched the project and have dedicated staff for the purpose. Six-ten dogs will be sterilised daily. The staff captures these dogs and leaves them at the same place after sterilising them."
Commenting on the stray-dogs menace, Uma added, "All we can do is control their population and we are on it. There is no other mechanism available with us. We are fully using our resources to curb this menace."About 2,000 dog bites have been reported in the city since 2012.
The MC had recently roped in a private doctor to launch the project. Sterilisation was earlier done by government doctors but their frequent unavailability made the MC opt for private doctors.
The private vet will be paid rs 500 per dog and Rs 400 per female dog for the said purpose and will also be provided medicines and other required infrastructure by the corporation.