Laigaroo concerned over dog menace in uptown

Peoples Democratic Party youth secretary Arif Laigaroo on Sunday expressed concern over growing population of stray dogs in uptown areas here saying it poses risk to lives of people.

“While Srinagar Municipal Cooperation (SMC) claims that dog population in Srinagar has reduced, the threat of canines in uptown areas of city pose a serious threat to the populace,” Laigaroo said in a statement.

He said that the packs of stray dogs are a common sight in places like Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Peerbagh , Barzulla  and several other uptown areas of Srinagar.

“Authorities have failed to check growing population of dogs. Sterilization methods are inadequate. It seems that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation is unaware of various laws regarding how to check growth of stray dogs. Some of the dogs in these uptown areas are rabid. The problem is compounded as the stray dogs chase motorists causing accidents. Presence of stray dogs has hampered movement of people especially students,” Laigaroo said.