The Jalandhar municipal corporation’s project for controlling stray dog population in the city has been hanging fire for over a year since no work has been initiated so far for construction of the dog pound for which an area was earmarked at Birring village.
In the last general house meeting on November 4, 2014, the area earmarked for dog pound was approved keeping in mind the rising number of dog bite cases in the city and an ever increasing population of stray dogs.
When contacted, mayor Sunil Jyoti said, “We are working on the project and work to build the dog pound in the area will start soon. I cannot give a deadline but the MC is aware of the stray dog menace in the city and a detailed project is already in place.”
According to the project, male dogs were to be sterilised to curb their population.
The process was to take place for two to three years to stabilise the stray animal population in the city. There are about 10,000 stray dogs and 15-20 surgeries were to be performed everyday.
The Society for Stray Canine Birth Control (SSCBC) was to handle the project and a special committee was formed in which MC commissioner was to be the chairman with deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberai its official secretary.
MC assistant health officer Dr Varinder Kalia, government veterinary surgeon Dr Iqbal Singh, Dr Amariqbal Singh from animal husbandry, Dr Bhatti from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Kuldeep Singh Oberai from a non-governmental organisation and one person from public health department were to be the representatives of the committee.
Last year, municipal corporation officials said the construction of dog pound will be started soon and it will be equipped with the latest technology for operating canines.
An MC official said a similar sterilisation project, handed over to a non-governmental organisation, has been running successfully in Ludhiana.
DOG BITE CASE
Average 15-20 dog bite cases were reported at the local civil hospital on a daily basis in 2014
In 2011-12 and 2012-13, the civil hospital required an average 10-12 anti-rabies vaccines daily
In 2013-14, required injections rose to 15-20 per day
There is a steep rise in dog bite cases from May to August with average cases reported per day as high as 20-25
The civil hospital bought 2,880 vaccines in May last year and ordered another 2,000 vaccines in August
By mid- August, 2,153 vaccines were administered to dog-bite victims