Cong protests stray dog menace

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2018 10:33:35

Staff Reporter,

Stray dog menace in city continues to haunt the residents as dog-bite cases are still being reported continuously. A protest was staged by Congress party workers at Mata Mandir over growing stray dog menace in city. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Congress worker Mujahid said that we have handed over the memorandum to BMC authorities. More than 25 workers joined the protest and demanded strict action and measures to control stray dog population. They alleged that the stray dog population has doubled in past few years in city like Bhopal but no major efforts are being made when it comes to their protection.

The stray dog wandering incidence is being noted in and around areas where regular collection of garbage is not witnessed, which is also posing threat to children. Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) sterilisation drive has proved ineffective in controlling the menace in the city. Animal volunteers from Animal Care Plus have also said that there is no medical attention provided to the stray animals, which makes them a threat to the society. Usually, a pack of stray animals especially dogs are seen wandering around the garbage bins. There is also a need for adoption of stray animals, especially Indian breeds and to raise awareness for the cause of protection of its genes.

Helpless puppies and kittens on the road growling in pain or in search of food is also a common sight, which gets hardly any attention. A developed society needs to protect stray animals in order to protect the environment from getting deteriorated further but due to less awareness, no substantial effort has been done by authorities and non-government organisations (NGOs). Adoption of Indian breed stray dogs and some easy measures which can be taken by animals lovers can reduce the stray population in streets.

It has to be noted that, taking cognizance of the horrific incident of death of toddler in Gautam Nagar due to stray dog attack, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has recommended compensation for the family of deceased. Congress workers have appreciated this move and said that this is case of human rights violation and it becomes responsibility of municipal corporation, Animal Welfare Board and State administration to come up with stringent measures to control the population of stray dogs. On February 2, in a heart-rending incident, a toddler was mauled to death by group of stray dogs in a densely populated area at Gautam Nagar.

The two-year-old child was playing near his house in Dhar Gali in Gautam Nagar locality when the pack of dogs attacked him and dragged him into a nullah. The injured boy was rushed to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. The incident has resulted in outrage among denizens over issue of stray dog menace.