With stray dogs ruling the roost even in the posh areas of the city and injuring residents in some of the cases, municipal corporation (MC) has sterilised nearly 17,500 in a project launched one-and-a-half year ago (February 2015).
Nearly 500 dogs are sterilised every month by a Hyderabad-based company, Vets Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development authorised by the MC. The company charges Rs 700 to sterilise one stray dog.
In a survey in 2006, the MC had put the total number of stray dogs in the city to 25,000. Experts say that the number must have been more than double at present as no exact figure was available with the civic body.
On the other hand, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) started sterilisation programme recently but has been able to operate on only 25 dogs that were brought to the varsity’s operation theater by non-government organisations (NGOs) or individuals.
However, with the increasing menace of stray dogs the effort by GADVASU was appreciated by the residents. NGOs and individuals have been urged by the varsity to bring stray dogs to it on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays when sterilisation operations are done.
SPS Ghuman, head of the department, veterinary clinic complex, said that the sterilisation programme at the varsity was started only to provide some relief to the residents who could bring the stray dogs to the clinic for sterilisation.
“Our target is not to sterilise entire population of stray dogs but only those that have created menace and could be brought to us by anybody,”said Ghuman.
However, due to the pre and post operative hassles and limited number of sterilisation done, the MC programme is being seen as significant.
A sterilisation centre has also been specially set up by the MC for this project near Haibowal Dairy Complex on Hambran Road. The hospital comprises an operation theater and three rooms.
Vipal Malhotra, health officer of MC, said that the dogs are being sterilised using conventional technique which is approved by Animal Welfare Board of India.