AURANGABAD: Activities of the city corporations’s animal husbandry department towards keeping a check on uncontrolled breeding of dogs and rehabilitation of sick canines seems to have picked up pace.
AMC’s animal husbandry officer BS Naikwade on Friday said that a tender has been floated online, calling for an Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to carry out sterilisation of dogs at the cost of Rs 600 to Rs 700 per dog.
He also informed that a five-member team including a veterinary surgeon, a paraveterinary worker and three dog catchers are heading to Pune for a ten-day training on Monday.
A proposal for the renovation of operation theatres and construction of 50 kennels at AMC’s veterinary clinic at Central Naka has also been forwarded. The proposal is awaiting approval from AMC commissioner DM Mugalikar. An engineer informed that tender for construction will be released only after the proposal is approved.
However, doubts linger around the ongoing activities of the AMC. The tender for an NGO to carry out sterilisations has been floated three times since August 16 this year and has met no bidders possibly due to the AMCs previous history of non-payment. Naikwade hopes that this time around AWBI member Meher Mathrani’s Pune based NGO will take the responsibility. Construction of the veterinary clinic is feared to be stuck in red-tapism.
Animal rights activist Neeru Lohiya feels that sterilisation and caring for dogs will create a win-win situation for everyone.
Date : 30 October 2017