The state government on Thursday ordered the constitution of a state-level implementation and monitoring committee for the control of stray dog population in Kashmir.
The order comes in the wake of public criticism that the authorities concerned, especially the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, have failed to check the menace of stray dogs, which have bitten as many as 16,000 people during the past three years alone.
The committee, which would function under the chairmanship of the administrative secretary of the housing and urban development department, would study the reasons behind such a high number of dog bites and whether the culprits were pet or stray dogs.
The committee comprises members from the SMC, urban local bodies department, animal husbandry, the Animal Welfare Board of India, the J&K State Animal Welfare Board and two persons actively involved in animal welfare.
The committee has been tasked with finding a space where the dogs would be sterilised and treated before being set free. The order recommends treating the sick and seriously wounded stray dogs with Sodium Pentothal.
Services of an independent agency for counting the number of dogs in the Valley should be hired, the order said.
Also, the members have been asked to remain abreast of the research on the effective methods in the field of control and management, inoculation and sterilisation and related researches at national and international levels; study and employ effective methods of inoculation and publicise the activities of the committee through announcements and advertisements.