441 canine surgeries under Animal Birth Control Program


Srinagar:  Out of 50 thousand stray dogs, 441 surgeries were done under Animal Birth Control Program in the state.

Sringar Municipality Corporation  here has signed a new agreement with SKUAST under which 5000 surgeries of canines are being performed in the first place.

“There was cold response from the agency to which we had given the contract to perform the surgeries. Now, we have entered into an agreement with the SKUAST. It has much experienced medicos and we hope the tie-up will prove result-oriented. In the first place, we will conduct 5000 surgeries of the stray dogs,” SMC Commissioner SMC Tufail Matoo said.

An independent survey conducted by the Human Society International earlier revealed that there are 50 thousand stray dogs on prowl in Srinagar.

The Housing and Urban Development department earlier mentioned that a need for an operation theatre was felt by the state government for the  surgeries to control the dog population and according to reports more than Rs 1 crore and 40 lakh rupees were spent out of the state exchequer for the purpose. An operation theatre was built at SKUAST.

There are around 2040 dog bite cases reported from Srinagar City alone every year and symptoms of rabies are usually non-specific and suggest involvement of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems.

The government on the contrary claims that it has taken initiatives to halt the movement of stray dogs on the city roads.  The concerned authorities claim that about 150 open garbage sheds across the Srinagar have been closed.

About 400 ‘smart garbage’ bins have been introduced across the city, besides 16,000 twins coloured domestic garbage bins have been distributed to the households for garbage collection.

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