Annoyed over the failure of municipal corporation (MC) officials to tackle stray dog menace in the city, rising above the party lines, angry councillors questioned — Why cannot stray dogs be killed? Why cruelty on animals does not apply for goats, hen, pigs, why only dogs? Is man’s life so cheap and dog’s superior?
In the MC’s monthly House meeting, the councillors vented out over the issue of 25 dog bite cases being reported every day from the city and the civic body’s failure to put a leash on the menace.
They also alleged that sterilisation campaign was a complete failure in city as non-government organisations (NGOs) namely Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and People for Animals (PFA) do not have adequate facilities to conduct the drive.
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.
On this, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said, “We are sending officers to Nasik and Pune to study their system of curbing the menace.
Nasik MC’s move to curb the menace of 40,000 stray dogs was quite successful and they had also roped in NGOs.
We are working out on the mass sterilisation programme. A draft report will be ready and will be presented in the next meeting. As per guidelines, the sterilisation of pet dogs is also important.”
BJP councillor Arun Sood said, “The need of hour is to have four more anti-rabies dispensaries in various parts of the city. At present, we have only one dispensary in Sector 19, which is not able to bear the load of patients.”
He also suggested that the entire treatment of patients should be free of cost. Sood questioned, “Why cannot stray dogs be killed? At least we should debate on killing ferocious dogs in city.”
BSP councillor Jannat Jahan said, “Dangerous dogs should be killed, even western countries follow the practice.”
“We fail to understand why cruelty on animal law does not apply on goats, pigs, hens, who are harmless, but why only dogs? Is man’s life so cheap and dog’s precious,” said nominated councillor Dr Amrita Tewari.
She suggested that the dogs should be tackled with anaesthetic guns, the way the Post Graduate Institute of medical Education and Research did to tackle monkey menace. “It is serious issue and should not be taken lightly,” she added.
While quoting the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, section 11 (clause 3), BJP councillor Satinder Singh said, “It is very clearly mentioned that destruction of stray dogs can be done through painless killing.”