Canine menace dogs Pulwama town

“The abundance of dogs has created a sense of fear among the people, especially the students. It has become a grave issue for the people now,” the locals said.

SHOWKAT DAR
Pulwama, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 12:44AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 12:44AM
Canine menace dogs Pulwama townGK Photo

The abundance of stray dogs has become a nuisance in Pulwama town, with people complaining to be feeling threatened by the menace.

According to locals packs of dogs are seen near and in the main bus stand, other streets, and the lanes of the town.

“The abundance of dogs has created a sense of fear among the people, especially the students. It has become a grave issue for the people now,” the locals said.

“The dogs are present every time in the town. They are very dangerous and can bite anytime,” Basher Ahmad Mir, a driver said.

“The number of dogs is increasing day by day in the town but the authorities concerned pay no attention towards the safety of the people,” Reyaz Ahmad, a shopkeeper said.

Dozens of people have been bitten by the stray dogs in the town during last one year, locals said.

“I accompany my son when he goes to and returns from the school because of the menace. Children feel threatened by their presence,” Ashraf Mir of Pulwama said.

Locals accused the municipal committee of showing no concern for the issue. “The height is that it (municipal committee) brings garbage and puts it in the bus stand. It lifts it only on the next day. This has made the bus stand a breeding ground for the dogs,” the locals said.

The bus stand in the town provides sumo and bus service for different villages. “People come to this stand to get the bus or sumo for their respective destinations. But the presence of the dogs makes it highly inconvenient for them.”

Many locals complained that the shopkeepers were also dumping the garbage inside the stand. “The authorities should take steps to rid the stand of the stray dogs and check the dumping of the garbage in it,” the transporters said.

When contacted, the executive officer, municipal committee Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad said: “The stand is not the dumping site but it is a collecting and lifting place of the garbage.

“We lift the garbage early in the morning from the stand on daily basis. We never keep it for more than one day. We drop it in the dumping site which is outside the town hall,” he said. 

He said that killing the dogs is banned and “we are unable to control them.” However, he said they are looking for “the way out in the matter.”