Stray dogs maul over 3 dozen

Ferocious Canine Caught, To Undergo Sterilization: SMC

M HYDERI

Srinagar, May 11: Within weeks of bloodbath by canines in the City –the stray dogs made another deadly comeback Friday – biting over two dozen people in the congested old City - Shahr-e-Khaas - whereas around a dozen hapless citizens were attacked in Bemina area.
The stray packs, as usual went wild, unleashing terror by biting whosoever came their way. The officials at City’s sole Anti Rabies Clinic (ARC) at SMHS Hospital confirmed that over 20 bite cases poured in during the day. On 23 April this year at least 51 people were bitten in the City.

THE DOG CURFEW
Witnesses said in areas like Nawab Bazaar, Jamalatta and elsewhere there was a virtual curfew in the morning hours as roads wore a deserted look after dogs went on rampage making people run for cover.
The witnesses said many shopkeepers fled leaving behind their shops open. The dogs kept barking and prowling on the main roads and narrow link roads, till some youth mustered courage to chase away the deadly packs.
The residents of Bemina, on the other hand said, at least twelve persons fell prey to canine bites in the area till this evening.

THE SMC BELIEF
But if the Srinagar Municipal Corporation is to be believed a single dog unleashed terror in the entire Shahr-e-Khaas stretch and was finally caught by the SMC squad.
As per the SMC Media Officer Masarat Yousuf, the civic body’s veterinary squad under the supervision of Veterinary Officer Dr Sajad Mugal, trapped the “ferocious dog” from Jamallata area.
The male brown dog, caught by the SMC’s dog catchers, was rushed to the state-of-the-art dog pound at Shuhama where the SMC recently started sterilization of stray packs in collaboration with Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).
“This ferocious dog had unleashed terror on human lives since yesterday by biting more than 20 people,” the SMC handout confirmed.
Talking to Greater Kashmir Dr Sajad said the “ferocious dog” would be kept under observation. “If it’s rabid, it will soon die a natural death. And if it’s not, then we will go for its sterilization,” the vet said.
After sterilization, the stray dogs are to be released in their native areas. This way, this ferocious dog if not rabid, would be set free in the Jamalatta area.
And because the experts cannot assure that would it stop biting, there’s every possibility that the dog will again resume attacks on the humans.

THE CRUDE JOKE
The National Conference led government which has seemingly been more concerned towards the welfare of dogs than humans, looks at “time consuming and costly sterilization” as the sole solution to the mounting dog menace. It last year even revoked the orders for killing of rabid dogs while this year people were disallowed to hold protests against the stray packs.
And much against the general perception that over one lakh dogs are on prowl in Srinagar, the government earlier this year announced that the accurate number is: 91,110.
As per the ongoing Animal Birth Control program at Shuhama, a sterilized dog would have metallic stud in its ear, and would be vaccinated to be “rabies free” for around three years.
This means, a bite victim will have to check the ear of the attacking dog to see whether it’s sterilized/vaccinated or not.
But then given the fear of deadly rabies, barely anyone would skip to get the costly anti rabies and immunogulobin shots.
Ironically while over Rs one crore were spent on the construction of Shuhama dog pound out of money meant for humans, the government failed to provide free immunoglobin, something vital for bite treatment to the victims.

MILLION DOLLAR QUERY
Though the NC led government insists on dog sterilization being seen as a “lucrative business” in the coming years, a million dollar posed last year by the then Chief Justice FM Ibraheem Kalifullah remains unanswered: “Will a dog stop biting after sterilization?”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:00 IST




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