Even though stray dogs and monkeys continue to unleash a reign of terror in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) claims to have spent more than Rs 25 lakh on capturing and sterilising them between June 1 and December 31 last year.
In its January 19 reply to an RTI application in this regard, the MCG said 4,388 dogs and 188 monkeys were captured and sterilised through services hired from the People For Animals (PFA) and Friendicoes. The PFA and Friendicoes sterilised 2,162 and 2,226 stray dogs respectively, according to the reply.
The MCG spent Rs 23, 91, 460 and Rs 1, 31, 600 on capturing and sterilising dogs and monkeys respectively.
With no respite from dog and monkey menace in the city, the RTI applicant Aseem Takyar questioned the MCG's claim of spending such huge money as 'exaggerated'. "If this much amount was spent, the situation would have improved," he said.
A PFA representative said that sterilising a dog costs Rs 545 and the MCG bears it. Other costs, such as transportation, are PFA's responsibility.
At least half a dozen cases of monkey bite have been reported recently. While a gardener was attacked by monkeys in South City two weeks ago, a similar incident was reported from sector 22 a week ago. According to MCG, there are around 500 monkeys in the city.