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Nearly 1,500 dog bite cases every month, Puneites run for cover

Civic officials blame it on piling garbage problem

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: June 11, 2015 12:00:45 am
dog, dog bite, pune dog bite, pune garbage, pune dog, pune municipal corporation, pune dog problem, stray dogs, pune stray dog problem, india news, pune news Piling garbage in nooks and corners of the city had its fall-out in the form of a sharp increase in dog bites in the last few months compared to the previous year.

In January, the protest by villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi against Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) disposing the waste at landfill site compelled the civic administration to look for new options to get rid of waste even as the garbage bins were overflowing across the city.

However, piling garbage in nooks and corners of the city had its fall-out in the form of a sharp increase in dog bites in the last few months compared to the previous year.

As per the PMC health department, there were 1,585 dog bites reported in the city in April this year while 1,214 persons were bitten by dogs in April last year.

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“The dog bite figure for the last four months shows a 20 per cent increase compared to last year. In 2014, there were 4,829 dog bites from January to April. This year, it is 5,806,” said a civic health department official.

“There has never been so much increase in cases of dog bites,” he said. “It is more related to the overflowing of garbage bins across the city as dogs gather around the bins alongside city roads and citizens passing by suffer due to it. However, there is no shortage of medicines for the treatment of dog bites,” the official said.

Incidentally, the PMC has been struggling to dispose of the waste since January after the villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi stopped the civic administration from disposing waste at the landfill site. “PMC faced problem in disposing the waste at the beginning and the bins were overflowing. Now, the situation is much better as the waste being disposed regularly with wet garbage is being given to farmers around city for agriculture purposes,” Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade said recently.

PMC would soon be starting new processing plants of high capacity along with activating all its existing small-capacity biogas plants in the city so that maximum waste is processed, he said.

Realising the severity of the problem arising due to rising dog bites, NCP leader Shankar Kemse, along with other party corporators Reshma Bhosale, Baburao Chandere, Sachin Dodke, Nanda Lonkar, Vinayak Hanamgar, Faroq Inamdar and Balasaheb Bodke, has proposed a dog hospital and park in Mundhwa.

“There are around 50,000 stray dogs in the city. These are very aggressive during night and attack people, which is threat to the life of public. A private agency has offered to sterilise and rehabilitate the stray dogs. But there is lack of proper space for it and at least four acres of land is required for the purpose,” Kemse said.

PMC has the required land at Mundhwa to set up a dog hospital and park, he said, adding that the civic standing committee should provide the land to the agency by constructing boundary wall.

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