When the Ludhiana municipal corporation (LMC) has miserably failed to provide any relief to the residents from stray dogs, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has presented a model before the civic body on how to put a check over their increasing numbers.
Taking the lead on its own to tackle the dog menace on the campus, the GADVASU students and faculty members conducted castration operations over around 100 stray dogs and bitches ensuring that they don't breed in future.
The castration initiative came around one and a half year back, when the dogs staying on the university campus added new members to their family, which in turn started creating problems to animals at GADVASU.
"Noticing their numbers and trouble caused by them, the students of surgery and gynecology department along with the some staff took the lead and started their castration," GADVASU vice-chancellor VK Taneja told Hindustan Times.
Initially, the students were bearing the expenditure of the operation, feed provided to dog and bitches after surgery, he said.
"But when the matter came to my knowledge, I told them that the university would bear the expenses. When I noticed that they were carrying dogs on their scooter, I asked them to use the university jeep," the V-C said.
Under the castration process, the GADVASU students are performing ovario-hysterectomy operation on bitches. Till now, more than 70 dogs have been castrated, whereas ovaries of around 30 bitches have been removed.
"It's just a small example. The MC authorities can adopt the castration process which is affordable. The only thing requires is the post-operation care," stated the V-C.
In this process, dogs can be freed after around three hours of their surgery, whereas bitches take at least three-day care of special feed after the surgery. This surgery is as simple that every vet can perform it normally.
However, the civic body is still groping in dark to find out a permanent solution to the stray dog menace which is in present for years. Experts feel that castration is the best possible way to check the increasing numbers of stray dogs.
"If there is will, the civic body can hire experts to carry out surgery. The entire process will take only a few lakhs," rued an expert.
According to an official record, there are about 3.5 lakh stray dogs in Punjab, of which Amritsar has the highest number (39,000), followed by Ludhiana (25,000).
Kashmir, few years back, witnessed stunning increase in the number of stray dogs; and thus in such a situation castration can really be helpful, feel experts.