No end to the stray men­ace in Pan­vel

WORRY Cidco spent ` 36 lakh to ster­ilse stray dogs last year; mea­sures prove in­ef­fec­tive with­out zilla par­ishad’s sup­port, says a lo­cal ac­tivist

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PAN­VEL: Ear­lier this week, a Pan­vel res­i­dent Dol Ba­hadur Saru’s daugh­ter died af­ter she was bit­ten by a stray dog at Khutari vil­lage. But this is just one of the many in­ci­dents that show how Pan­vel is still plagued by the stray dog men­ace.

Ac­cord­ing to data avail­able with the Cidco’s health depart­ment, be­tween Au­gust 2013 and March 2015, around 3,500 peo­ple have been ad­min­is­tered anti-ra­bies vac­cines af­ter be­ing bit­ten by stray dogs.

The City and Industrial and Devel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) has spent around Rs36 lakh on sterli­sa­tion of stray dogs in Pan­vel taluka last year. De­spite th­ese mea­sures, lo­cals con­tinue to be bit­ten. Un­for­tu­nately, the zilla par­ishad, too, has failed to take any ac­tion to curb the men­ace, said Vishal Sawant, a lo­cal ac­tivist.

“De­spite draft­ing a pol­icy on anti- ra­bies vac­cine, the zilla par­ishad has not yet im­ple­mented it. There is also short­age of ster­il­i­sa­tion cen­tres in taluka to re­duce pop­u­la­tion of stray dogs,” said Sawant.

Cidco of­fi­cials said they are do­ing their best to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.

Pan­vel tehsil­dar, Pawan Chan­dak, said, “It is a se­ri­ous is­sue and we are try­ing our best to re­solve it. But to re­solve this men­ace, we would re­quire the zilla par­ishad of­fi­cials to be proac­tively in­volved. We are fol­low­ing up on the mat­ter with them.”

Sawant said, “As per a sur­vey con­ducted by the Raigad zilla par­ishad last year, there were 8,000 stray dogs in Pan­vel taluka. But th­ese so-called an­i­mal lovers have con­trib­uted to in­creas­ing the stray dog pop­u­la­tion in the taluka.”

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer on con­di­tion of anonymity said, “The an­i­mal lovers of­fer eat­a­bles to stray dogs. Af­ter the stray dogs dis­ap­pear, they ap­proach the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion ask­ing them to lo­cate the miss­ing stray dogs. If of­fi­cials of the po­lice sta­tion fail to lo­cate the stray dogs, the an­i­mal lovers ap­proach the po­lice com­mis­sioner for the same.”

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