Unable to contain the rising cases of dog bites, the municipal corporations have blamed it on the ‘breeding season’ and asked the residents to take precautionary steps.
In a pamphlet issued by the civic agency, it has warned the residents ‘not to instigate dogs during breeding season’ and ‘stay away from female dogs that might have given birth recently’.
Officials claim the civic agencies have come out with the warning in the wake of the high number of dog bites in the city.
“Female dogs become extremely protective of their pups. Our roads our very noisy and crowded which constantly makes the mother nervous. On the other hand small kids usually tend to get attracted to pups and often get too close to pups, however it’s suggested that parents educate their children to maintain a safe distance from both dogs during this season. Even food should be offered from a safe distance. Male dogs are very irritable during mating season, especially when they are in groups,” said Geeta Seshamani, co-founder Friendicoes.
Apart from a warning concerning stray dogs, the corporation has also come out with guidelines for pet dog owners asking them to vaccinate and register their pets.
According to sources, the corporation has no clear record of dog population in the city, however, an estimate puts the figure approximately at 4 lakh. “The last survey of dogs was conducted in 2009, although while it failed to give a clear indication of the dog population, no such survey has been undertaken since then,” said a senior official.
Corporation officials claim that issuing warnings for people is the only option. “The corporation can only sterilise the dogs and for that various NGOs have been enrolled. Residents must also take precautions while dealing with dogs,” said a senior municipal official.
“We have also appealed to pet owners to vaccinate their canines and register them with the corporation,” he added.
According to municipal data, over 3,530 cases of dog bites were reported in the city in the first six months of the year. Municipal officials suggest that while the current figure is yet to be compiled, officials fear it might have already surpassed 7,000.