Trichy: The number of stray dogs in the streets of Trichy has soared significantly over the past many years, as on an average 51 accidents involving stray dogs are happening every month. Though the city received its second Animal Birth Control (ABC) center at Konakkarai recently, it is learned that the facility is yet to launch its full-fledged operation in controlling the population of stray canines.
The packs of ferocious stray dogs in desperate search of food terrorise the streets, particularly Ariyamangalam, Palakkarai, and Khajamalai localities. Dogs chasing away residents are on the rise as the public waste bins, which served as a feeding ground for the stray animals, were removed by the city corporation last year. As protests mounted in the past two months, the civic body opened the second ABC center at Konakkarai on December 31, 2018, at an estimated cost of Rs 93 lakh. The facility is yet to start full-fledged operation. The population of stray dogs in the city was 15,000 in 2018, and the failure of a full-fledged sterilization programme has resulted in the number going even high. “Stray dog menace has been sending out jitters to people across the city, particularly two-wheeler riders. A scientific approach is needed to tackle the increasing population of stray dogs,” H Ghouse Baig, a resident of Khajamalai said.
The absence of enough birth control centers was blamed for the poor implementation of sterilization earlier. But, residents said even as a new birth control center was opened, the civic body is slow on solving the issue. Even though the Konakkarai ABC has the capacity to accommodate 100 dogs at a time and can sterilize 30 dogs a day, the facility has not started functioning in full swing. In the sterilization drive for 2017-2018 that started in August 2017 and continued till December 2018, the civic body could sterilize only around 2,000 stray dogs with the help of an NGO. This year’s sterilization has not yet been taken up even as more than 15,000 stray dogs are loitering on the roads. “We have sought the animal husbandry department to assign 4-5 veterinary doctors for assisting the sterilization. In a day or two, the new ABC center will be fully functional,” Dr. A Jaganathan, city health officer of Trichy City Corporation, said.