Rise in stray dog population worries residents
NAGPUR: Even as the Nagpur Municipal Corporation is struggling to rid the city of cattle menace on roads, stray dogs are emerging as a bigger nuisance for the people. The worst affected is Shanti Nagar residents in Lakadganj zone.
Recently, the residents approached NMC’s health department to curb the canine menace in their locality. “Residents, especially motorists, find it difficult to move in the colony due to the increasing population of stray dogs. The stray dogs menace is also a threat to the lives of livestock,” said a cattle shed owner Vishal Sharma.
Confirming this, NMC veterinary officer Dr Gajendra Mahalle said that the area has over 40 stray dogs. It has also increased the incidents of dog bite in the locality. In fact, morning walkers are the victims. He alleged that the stray dog population has increased manifold as people threw waste food or feed these canines.
Besides, animal flesh is always the hot choice of stray dogs, so these dogs get attracted towards meat shops in the colony.
“Sterilisation of dogs is the only solution,” he admitted. Now, the civic body has decided to carry out the Animal Birth Control programme on its own from next month.
Residents also wondered that despite complaints, the two flying squads of the corporation has miserably failed to catch stray dogs.