Stray dogs

The stray dogs struck yet again in Dalgate area and mauled scores of persons. There has been an alarming increase in the dog population over the past two decades. And, with the civic bodies watching the growth helplessly, there seems no immediate respite for the scared people. The deadly canines rule the roost in the Valley during the day and at night. The people also sought judicial intervention in 2011. The High Court on 28th April, 2011 directed the state government to provide funds for construction of dog ponds. The Municipal Authorities were further directed to complete the task within four weeks. The court also directed the authorities concerned to start sterilization programme in phased manner after the canines were shifted to these ponds. But five years on, nothing has moved and the dog population continues to grow unabated. Data furnished by the hospitals, on an average 300 people are attacked by dogs every month and so far dozens have lost their lives which include a good number of infants and school going children.  Though the Municipal authorities claim of having brought the situation under control but the ground realities suggest that the threat from stray dogs is as severe as it was in May 2012 when the government first started sterilization of stray dogs. The action taken remains confined to transporting the dogs from one locality to another. Reports from Beerwah suggest that the dogs that attacked the children were brought in a truck from some area. Three years ago, senior citizens of Srinagar discussed the problem and threatened direct action in case the authorities did not take action within a stipulated time. But as the time passed, the senior citizens forgot the issue and so did the authorities.  There is a need to get serious on the issue. The municipality, it has been reliably learnt, had spent a hefty sum on purchase of poison for killing the canines. The poison must have expired in the municipal stores by now.  The authorities must wake up. The people deserve at least this much. 

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