Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been actively working on city-based serious issues of increase in the number of stray dogs. It has been discussed in many meetings and the issue has been put in front of Mayor Sandeep Joshi.
During the walk and talk with mayor sessions, Joshi has been introduced to many new techniques of getting a way out of this ongoing problem. The citizens have shown great enthusiasm for helping the mayor, describing their problems and even getting a solution out of it.
A recent meeting of walk and talk with the mayor held at the children’s traffic park, citizens brought up the same issue to the notice of mayor. The residents of the Dharampeth area have been living under the threat of stray dogs.
The residents have shared their concern, saying the stray dogs are seen chasing vehicles at night, which is a big issue for two-wheeler drivers as they could fall from the vehicle and have serious injuries. The dogs are also a threat to the kids of the area as the kids play openly on grounds and might get involved with a dog chase. The NMC has deployed its animal control vehicle to all the areas and a sterilization process has been started in the city to put a control on the breeding of dogs. The current season (winter) is also considered to be a mating season for these canine and hence could become a serious issue if not taken care of.
It is also seen that the dogs notice the animal control vans and have developed a habit of getting away and hiding from these vehicles. For which the citizens suggested to tie pieces of meat to attract the dogs to vehicles.
Dr. Mahalley, NMC, veterinary head while talking to TLN suggested that “citizens should stop littering in their area and especially they should not spread or throw away food items openly in their area. These are the things which attract dogs, in search of food.”