With the efforts of the municipal corporation to deal with the stray dog menace having failed, the civic body is now contemplating roping in private doctors for sterilisation to control their population as well as setting up its own hospital.
The MC had, a few years back, involved private doctors in the sterilisation of stray dogs, but the SPCA and PFA opposed it and the move was abandoned. At present, the NGOs and the corporation can’t meet their own target of sterilisations while the dogs keep multiplying.
Mayor H C Kalyan said on Friday that the issue would be discussed at a meeting of the general house on May 30.
“The councillors would be asked to give suggestions. Since only Parliament can change the laws for tackling stray dog menace, we will give our recommendations to the Centre,” he said.
Former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said, “There is a need for making changes in the rules. The current rules are animal-friendly and tie the hands of the municipal corporation. The two NGOs that have been given the task of sterilisation are not doing their job properly. There is a need to rope in private doctors, only then the menace can be curbed.”
Chhabra said, “The MC should look at setting up its own hospital where sterilisations could be done. Even if 10 dogs are sterilised in a day, the problem can be dealt with.”
In 2008, the corporation had proposed setting up a dog pound, but it hit roadblocks. Land for the dog pound was allocated at Dadumajra, but residents objected, saying a garbage dump already existed in the area and a dog pound would add to their woes.
Thereafter, it was felt that it would not be possible to create a facility which could house more than 8,000 stray dogs in the city. Also, it would not be feasible to keep the stray dogs confined for a long time.
However, residents and veterinarians still favour creation of dog pounds. Dr C B Singh, a veterinarian, said, “Four or five dog pounds, each in the area of 5-6 acres, should be constructed by the corporation. There should not be a single stray dog out on the streets.”
He said that if a dog was rabid and attacking people, then it should be shot, otherwise they would keep biting and the chain would go on.
“The real threat is not the overpopulation of stray dogs, but the fact that they are common carriers of rabies. At present, the corporation is focusing more on sterilisation, rather than checking rabies which is a more dangerous thing,” said Dr Singh.