The number of dog bite cases in the state has seen an alarming rise over the last few years with at least 31 people falling prey to the canine menace each hour. According to a health department data, a total of 1.55 lakh dog bite cases were reported till July this year.
Last year, a total of 2.73 lakh dog bites cases and two deaths, each at Banswara and Tonk districts, were reported. This year, so far, one person has died after being bitten by a dog in Ganganagar.
Maximum dog bite cases have been reported from Bharatpur district (22,743), followed by Alwar district (17,411) this year. Last year too, the two districts reported maximum number of dog bites cases -- 40,116 cases from Bharatpur and 30,925 from Alwar.
According to Jaipur-based veterinarian Lalit Sabal, dogs become aggressive during monsoon, which is the mating season, and attack people due to excess body heat. “But sterilisation can reduce their aggressiveness as it brings down the hormone level. Spaying (sterilisation) bitches also can prevent them from many contracting diseases and increase their life span.”
In March, the Supreme Court had also ordered all the states to sterilise and vaccinate stray dogs to control stray dog population and prevent rabies. However, municipal bodies in all districts have not been conducting mass sterilisation drives.
In the state capital, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) sterilises and vaccinates more than 7,000 dogs per annum, while nearly 3,000 dogs were sterilised every year by NGOs, like Help in Suffering.
“80% of the stray bitches are spayed and vaccinated and more than 70% dogs are vaccinated in Jaipur,” Dr Sabal said.
Principal secretary of local self governance department, Manjit Singh, said: “Animal Birth Control (ABC) (or sterilisation) is done in many cities by NGOs, but not in all cities. We are making efforts so that ABC takes places in all cities.” Singh said the animal husbandry department ran 100 poly clinics across the state and more veterinary doctors were being trained for ABC.