The stray dog menace in the city is becoming more grave with each passing day. The number of dog bite cases is only seeing a rise as the administration lacks proper arrangements to curb the hazard.
Currently, the municipal corporation (MC) has only one truck and four workers for catching stray dogs in 60 wards.
Data from January to September this year, accessed from the civil surgeon’s office, reveals that around 5,017 dog bite cases were reported in the district, out of which 1,086 cases involved children under the age of 14.
In September alone, around 1,001 dog bite cases were reported in the city, with 237 cases involving children under the age of 14. The department was yet to compile data for the months of October and November.
The civil surgeon’s office does not have any record of the number of deaths occuring due to dog bites.
“There is no proper facility or dog pound for housing stray dogs. After receiving complaints, the authorities lift dogs from one locality and release them in another,” said a city-based animal activist on the condition of anonymity.
“These dogs are themselves in distress and our ignorance does not help the situation. They should be placed in animal shelters and proper care should be taken,” he further added.
Most stray dogs end up dying on the roadside after being affected by various diseases.
Sources in the MC said no sterilisation has been done by the civic body in the last three years.
Establishment of a dog pound was on the agenda in the meeting of Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) that was held on November 27. The construction of a dog pound was proposed in Nangal Shah. In the meeting, it was decided that the dog pound will be constructed within six months.
Dr Shri Kishan Sharma, assistant medical officer of the MC, said, “The civic body doesn’t have proper infrastructure to carry out sterilisation of dogs, though we used to sterilise stray dogs about five years ago near Burton park.”