Three years after its conception, the much-awaited stray dog sterilisation project of the municipal corporation (MC) will finally take off on Wednesday. Under this Rs 2-crore project, a total of 25,000 stray dogs would be sterilised in one years.
A survey by the MC in 2011 had confirmed more than 25,000 stray dogs in the city. The number might have increased by now. However, dog-bite cases are common in almost all the 75 wards of the city.
The contract for this project had been awarded to a Hyderabad-based company, Vets Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development. A day before the launch of the sterilisation project, a team of the Hyderabad-based firm conducted surgery of two dogs to give a demo to the monitoring committee of the project.
The city has witnessed a large number of dog bites cases in the past years. With the sterilisation project, the population of stray dogs can be controlled, said the MC authorities.
According to the MC, teams will catch the stray dogs from all areas across the city and then these dogs will undergo surgery. After surgery, these dogs will be kept under supervision for three days at the kennels at the sterilisation centre in Haibowal. This hospital comprises an operation theatre, three rooms and 20 kennels.
Chief of health and sanitation wing of the municipal corporation Amarjit Singh Sekhon said, "The project will be inaugurated by Punjab irrigation minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and mayor Harchran Singh Gohalwaria."
Sekhon said the stray dogs would be sterilised using conventional technique, which is approved by Animal Welfare Board of India. He said, "At present, 40 dogs per day will be sterilised, but soon the teams will conduct sterilisation of 80 dogs per day." Sekhon said the deadline for this project was two years earlier.
An official of the management team at the hospital said they would leave the stray dogs at same place from where they were caught.
Once a stray dog is sterilised, the company will conduct its ear notching (a V-shape cut on the dog's ear), to mark that the dog was sterilised.
Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said this project would prove beneficial for the city residents.
"Once this project starts in the city, the residents will heave a sigh of relief from the stray dog menace. The dog sterilisation project will be carried out in a transparent manner."
Earlier, the project was supposed to be launched on February 15, but it was postponed as a few members of the Hyderabad-based firm were taken ill.
+ Teams from the Hyderabad-based firm will catch stray dogs from all areas across the city
+ Then these dogs will undergo surgery.
+ After surgery, these dogs will be kept under supervision for 3 days at the kennels at the sterilisation centre in Haibowal.
+ This hospital comprises an operation theatre, three rooms and 20 kennels.
+ The stray dogs will be sterilised using conventional technique, which is approved by the Animal Welfare Board of India
+ The dogs will be left at the same place from where they were caught
+ Once a stray dog is sterilised, the company will conduct its ear notching (a V-shape cut on the dog's ear), to mark that the dog was sterilised.