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Rising dog bite cases spread panic in Gurgaon colonies

A top MNC employee and resident of Wembley Estate was bitten by a stray dog in Sector 49 while he was taking a morning walk on Saturday.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 18, 2017 22:37 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Although the civic agencies claimed to have sterilised as man as 50,000 dogs in the Sector 49 area, the number of dog bite cases has continued to rise.(PARVEEN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

A top MNC employee and resident of Wembley Estate was bitten by a stray dog in Sector 49 while he was taking a morning walk on Saturday. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks that has turned the spotlight on stray dog menace across posh colonies of Gurgaon.

Most of the colonies have seen an exponential rise in the number of stray dogs in recent times.

77-year-old Shanti Devi, another resident of the condominium, was also attacked by stray dogs while she was taking a morning stroll a few months ago. She fell and had to remain confined to bed for eight months.

“I suffered a fracture in my hip bone and was bed-ridden for a long time,” the 77-year-old said.

The local residents find it tough to move around particularly during morning and late evening hours.

40-year-old Arvind Lakshmanarao, risk manager at an MNC and also a resident of Wembley Estate, was bitten by a stray dog after he had stepped out for his usual morning walk.

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“ I was taking my morning walk as usual. Before I knew what was happening, a stray dog came after me and bit me on my knee. However, I managed to grab one of my car cleaners and shoo it away before it could do me much harm. Still, I had a deep gash and had to get the usual rabies vaccine and serum,” Lakshmanarao said.

Similar incidents have been reported from sectors 49, 50, 56, 57, Mayfield, Nirvana Country and Eldeco Mansion on Sohna Road.

Locals said that in the absence of a focused sterilisation campaign, the stray dog population in the city is on the rise and the civil hospital, on an average, receives as many 16 dog bite cases daily. The sheer extent of the stray dog menace can be gauged from the fact that last month, as many as 186 dog bite cases were reported at the civil hospital.

“We’ve been receiving a lot of dog bite cases and the victims are mostly children,” Pardeep Sharma, superintendent medical officer, Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, said.

According to hospital staff, as many as 5,672 cases were reported in 2016 and 4,312 were reported in 2015.

“This problem has been allowed to fester over time. We have been pleading with the authorities to do something about it, but they didn’t pay heed. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable and are scared to step out alone,” Ajay Malhotra, secretary, RWA, said.

The residents said that despite repeated complaints to MCG officials, no action has been taken.

“The stray dog panic has spread across our locality and the residents don’t risk stepping out after sundown. The concerned officials must take urgent measures to take these dogs off the streets as they have become a threat to residents,” president, RWA, Wembly Estate, said.

While the civic agencies claimed to have sterilised as many as 50,000 stray dogs across the city, the number of dog bite cases continue to be on the rise.

“We are helpless as we are under strict instructions from the PFA (People for Animals) that after a sterilisation drive, we have to bring them to their original location and not shift them around,” SS Rohilla, MCG official, said.

“Amit Choudhery from the PFA said, “The MCG officials are not playing their roles properly. There are many reasons for dog bites and it’s sad some residents have been bitten. The officials should know how to manage stray dogs and not shift them to other locations as they get aggressive.”

What residents want

A drive to catch neuters and control stray dog population

Vaccination of stray dogs that are caught

Provision of vaccination for residents who live close to places the stray dogs inhabit

Advising some residents and homeowners to stop feeding strays

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 22:36 IST