February 25, 2014 1:28:36 am
The city has a high number of sterilised dogs, with an average of 77 per cent in all wards, reveals the report of the first hi-tech stray dog population estimation survey conducted in the city. The survey pegged the total number of roaming dogs in the Greater Mumbai area at 95,172, which amounts to roughly one dog per 130 people.
According to the report, average percentage of sterilised female dogs in all wards was 78 per cent, while the average percentage of sterilised male dogs in all wards was found to be 77 per cent. The range of sterilised female and male dogs was found to be between 53 and 90 per cent for females and 42 and 94 per cent for males in all wards. Since 2008, 1,56,097 dogs have been sterilised in the city by NGOs, according to the BMC’s public health department.
The report was prepared by Humane Society International’s (HSI’s) surveyors after having covered 914 km in the city over five weeks since January 7. Forty-four surveys of the 23 predetermined tracks were conducted, which took an average of two hours each to complete. The NGO has submitted the report to the public health department of the BMC, which is likely to publish these figures in the coming week.
“It is a good indication of the success of consistent sterilisation drives in the city. Through our vaccination drives, we have observed that the number of dogs has reduced in the city. The surveyors had mentioned that they haven’t seen such a large population of sterilised and friendly dogs anywhere else,” said Abodh Aras, CEO of The Welfare of Stray Dogs.
Of the total population of stray dogs, 66,087 were found on the streets, while 29,085 were found within slum areas. These figures were calculated assuming that there is no overlap between the two populations. The survey has also found that the percentages of both lactating females and puppies have decreased with increasing rate of female sterilisation across wards.
“The extremely low percentages of emaciated dogs and dogs with visible skin conditions also suggest that the population is currently maintained well below its carrying capacity and is well resourced,” the report read.
The surveyors, however, said the timing of the current surveys was unfortunate as only a little over an hour of daylight was available before an increase in traffic density.
According to the BMC’s stray dog census conducted between October 2007 and January 2008, there were 76,000 dogs in the city, of which, 26,900 were pets.
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