Agence India Press
Srinagar: As the unleashing terror by dogs in Kashmir is increasing alarmingly, the authorities have failed to curb the dog menace in the Kashmir Valley.
An increasing growth of stray dogs in Kashmir Valley has put human lives to a great threat. More than 11,000 attacks by stray dogs have taken place last year and claimed many lives. Scores of dog attacks took place at other places here, which were unreported.
From 2005-2010, over 20,000 dog bite cases have been registered at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS), Srinagar. “Nearly 3500 dog bit cases were registered in the last year at the hospital,” said the SMHS officials.
Recently, two children at Lal Bazar were attacked by stray dogs who received serious injuries. Last year, a seven-year-old boy slipped and fell into the river Jehlum in Shahr-e-Khaas, when a group of stray dogs chased him.
“Many proposals were being framed in past to control the dog population, but nothing has been done on the ground yet,” said Imran Ali of Srinagar.
Parents said that studies of their wards were affected due to prevailing dog threat. “My 10-year daughter is not able to attend the tuition centre in the morning, as there are hundreds of stray dogs roaming on the roads and pouncing on the passersby,” Halima Bano, resident of Nishat told Agence India Press.
Abdul Aziz Wani of Nawa Kadal told Agence India Press, “After the sun sets in we are not able to move out of our homes due to the unleashing reign of terror posed by stray dogs in our locality. I even prefer to offer morning and evening prayer at home.”
Last year, Khursheed Ahmad Mir, popularly known as Pied Piper in the Valley offered his services to the government to make all stray dogs to leave Kashmir with his skills without killing them. But the deal could not be struck as Mir demanded exorbitant charges for his services, sources said.
Later, the plan for sterilizing dogs was contemplated, but it has not been started yet as it met the resistance of animal right activists.
The corporation was directed to construct around 1800 pounds for dogs in the outskirts of Srinagar city. However, the process faced stiff resistance from locals for construction of pounds in their areas.
The residents of Ganderbal have protested repeatedly as the pounds were planned to construct there.
While many in the government supported the costly investment of dog pound construction, expected to cost around Rs, 10,000 crore, a million dollar question posed by Chief Justice, J&K, F M Ibraheem Kaif-Ullah, who has been hearing PIL in the case, remains unanswered, “will a dog stop biting after sterilization?” (AIP News)
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