In absence of SPCA, dog sterilization goes messy

M HYDERI

Srinagar, Nov 18: In the absence of any designated monitoring authority to look after the ongoing dog sterilization in Srinagar, the process is seemingly turning messy while almost every Tom, Dick and Harry is trying to poke his nose into the matter, often allegedly for personal interests than those of the animals.
 In a bid to streamline the dog sterilization under the Animal Birth Control (ABC-AR) program, experts had suggested that Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) be constituted at an earliest and made active. The earlier version was disbanded by the government, around a year back, for its alleged failure to operate while its key members had resigned on “moral grounds”.
 In July this year, a high level team including Chief Secretary Madhav Lal had resolved for immediate constitution of the SPCA while every district in the state was scheduled to have its own Chapter.
 Four months on, the process is yet to be finalized while the dog menace continues to haunt people. And amid this chaos, the much hyped sterilization has been shelved by prestigious SK University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST).


WHY SPCA,AN ANECDOTE
 A few weeks back, a cat was hit by a speeding car in Lal Bazar area of the City. The wounded animal was about to be targeted by stray dogs. But the bid was foiled by timely action of some locals who rushed to rescue the poor creature.
 The cat was shifted towards a nearby footpath while one of the residents brought a bucket of water to clean the wounded animal.
 As the dirt was washed away, the cat looked terribly wounded. Its legs were crushed and bleeding. The question which arose was: who will treat her? After about an hour-long discussion, the rescuers resolved that there was no organization, which could be called for help of such an animal.
 But nobody was willing to leave the wounded cat alone for scores of stray dogs on prowl in the area. The residents decided that they would keep the cat outdoor till sunset so that it stays warm while one of them would stay on guard.  The attempt started successfully, but within a few minutes a speeding bus while overtaking another vehicle drove close to the footpath crushing down the cat.
 Observers said had SPCA been there, the animal could have got a timely treatment. In the absence of the society for animals, the stray lot often die unheard for the want to concern. 
 
THE FIRST LEAP

 Official sources said Commissioner Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, Ashraf Bukhari was “quick enough to start the ground work for the constitution of the SPCA.”
 They said the General Administration Department has issued orders in this regard. “But what is pending is giving it a practical shape as the district chapters are ye to be registered,” said a senior official in the Civil Secretariat adding that the ball was now in the court of district development commissioners to get their local chapters framed.
 “Unless the government issues instructions for constitution of SPCA in a time bound manner, the process may get delayed for years,” he added.


CHAOS FOR NOW
The delay in making SPCA operational is also affecting the starting of parallel sterilization facility at Tengpora, to gear up the process of sterilizing one lakh odd dogs on prowl in the City. “Unless the SPCA comes to life, the entire process of dog sterilization will remain chaotic,” said a retired vet.
 For now while poor animals like cattle, horses and cats could be getting victimized or dying unheard, observers opine that absence of SPCA is primarily risking the human life as around a dozen people get bitten by stray dogs everyday, while sterilization which the government has  banked on as sole solution to the dog menace, is turning chaotic!

Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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