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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 2:11 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 2:11 AM (IST)STRAY DOG MENACE

Minister raps MC officials, asks them to act

Cases pour in

  • Dog-bite cases continue to pour in at the hospital and five fresh cases are received each day. The reason, according to doctors is that it is the mating season of dogs and they bite out of frustration. Last Sunday, the hospital received 24 dog-bite cases out of which 14 were from Surajpur village where a single dog had bitten them all. Three more persons were bitten in Surajpur in the last three days in separate incidents.

Civil Hospitalgets serum

  • After months of causing inconvenience to dog-bite victims who were forced to go to Chandigarh, the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 has finally made ‘immunoglobulin’ serum available. Victims were forced to go to the PGIMER, GMCH or the dispensaries in Sector 19 and Sector 38 if there was a severe dog bite. On Thursday, the serum was available at the hospital.

The reaction team

  • The reaction team will include the EO, CSI and an ex- serviceman among others. It will monitor vaccination and sterilisation of stray dogs and ensure compliance with animal birth control guidelines by catching the dogs, transporting them and getting them vaccinated. The MC has floated a new tender worth Rs 30 lakh for hiring a company to sterilise dogs, which had stopped since February.
Minister raps MC officials, asks them to act

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 20

Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain has asked the Municipal Corporation to form a quick reaction team and tackle the stray dog menace. Commissioner Lalit Siwach, Executive Officer Arvind Balyan and Chief Sanitary Inspector Sadhu Ram were called to meet the minister yesterday.

The minister has reportedly asked the MC to make the city ‘safe for pedestrians’ as the dog-bite cases were increasing each day. The minister said no laxity by officials would be tolerated and asked how they would tackle the menace. She has asked the MC to speed up the process of sterilisation and directed them to prepare a special action plan to mitigate the fear level of residents who daily went for morning and evening walks.

Siwach when contacted, said, “I have suggested that dog pounds be made to keep stray dogs away from residential areas. We have done better than Mohali and Chandigarh to sterilise dogs as 2,841 have been sterilised so far.” He added that animal cruelty laws strictly said that dogs had to be left at their original place even after sterilisation. Hence, there was not much that the MC could do to make the streets stray dog free.

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