Canines multiplying, but Chandigarh MC chief happy with sterilisation project
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Canines multiplying, but Chandigarh MC chief happy with sterilisation project

According to UT animal husbandry dept’s survey there were 7,850 stray dogs in the city in Oct 2012; the number has gone up to 13,000 in 2018; even mayor admits canine population increased

punjab Updated: Jun 19, 2018 14:20 IST
HT  Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Toddler mauled to death,dogs multiplying,Chandigarh MC
The Animal Birth Control Rules, 2001, prohibit putting a stray dog to sleep unless it is incurably ill or mortally wounded.(Sant Arora/ht )

A day after four stray dogs attacked and mauled to death an 18-month-old boy at a park in Sector 18, municipal corporation (MC) commissioner KK Yadav claimed that Chandigarh MC’s sterilisation programme was going on very well.

On the contrary, as per a survey conducted in October 2012 by the UT animal husbandry department, the number of stray dogs was 7,850, which around six years later has swelled to 13,000.

City mayor Davesh Moudgil admitted that the number had really gone up, but he had sought a report on it.

Know the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Rules
  • MONITORING COMMITTEE: The local authority, comprising the MC commissioner as its chairman, needs to be formed. The committee will be responsible for planning and management of dog control programme in accordance with ABC rules.
  • The committee will issue instructions for catching, transportation, sheltering, sterilisation, vaccination, treatment and release of sterilised vaccinated or treated dogs.
  • The committee will provide for sufficient number of dog pounds, dog vans, a driver and two trained dog catchers for each van
  • It will keep a watch on the national and international development in the field of research pertaining to street dogs’ control and management, development of vaccines and cost effective methods of sterilisation, vaccination, etc.
  • TACKLING DOG BITE CASES: On receipt of specific complaint about nuisance or dog bite, it shall be attended on priority basis, irrespective of the area from which the complaint comes.
  • At a time only one lot of dogs shall be brought for sterilization at one dog pound and these dogs shall be from one locality. Two lots from different areas shall not be mixed at the same dog pound.
  • Female dogs found to be pregnant shall not undergo abortion and sterilisation and should be released till they have litter.
  • IDENTIFICATION AND RECORDING: Sterilised dogs shall be vaccinated before release and the ears of these dogs should either be clipped and/ or tatooed for being identified as sterilised dogs.
  • EUTHANASIA OF STREET DOGS: Only incurably ill and mortally wounded dogs as diagnosed by a qualified veterinarian appointed by the monitoring committee shall be euthanised during specified hours in a humane manner by administering sodium pentathol for adult dogs and Thiopental Introperitoneal for puppies.
  • No dog shall be euthanised in the presence of another dog. The person responsible for euthanising shall make sure that the animal is dead, before disposal.
  • RABID DOGS: Dog squad will catch dogs, suspected to be rabid, and take them to a pound for isolation
  • If a panel of a veterinary surgeon appointed by the local authority and a representative from an animal welfare organisation (AWO) finds the dog to have high probability of having rabies, it will be isolated till it dies a natural death. Death normally occurs within 10 days of contracting rabies.
  • If the dog is found not to have rabies, but some other diseases, it will be handed over to the AWO who will take necessary action to cure and rehabilitate the dog
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On tackling the stray dog menace, Yadav said, “We cannot do much to curb the menace as we are bound by the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Rules, 2001. As per the ABC rules, we cannot displace dogs even after sterilisation. But from next week, we will identify dogs, especially in parks and green belts, pick them up and keep them in isolation for behavioural changes. We will start this sector wise, and seek residents’ cooperation.”

“We realise that animal life is important, but so is human life. However, since the ABC rules were upheld by the Supreme Court, we cannot do much with regards to dog population,” he added.

The Supreme Court in November 2016 had held that stray dogs can be killed only in accordance with the ABC Rules.

Tricity civic bodies sitting tight on coordination panel

In a meeting of the mayors of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali in March last year, it was decided to form a tricity coordination committee of the three civic bodies, which would hold monthly meetings regarding stray dog management and rabies control.

It was decided that during these meetings, data regarding number of stray dogs vaccinated, sterilised and treated throughout the month will be shared so that the increasing population of dogs could be recorded. Over one year later, no such meeting has been conducted.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 14:19 IST