[News] Hyderabad steps up its animal sterilisation program
19 Jan 2015
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With the increase in the number of dog bite incidents, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to initiate an effective animal birth control and vaccination program for the stray indian dogs in the city. According to a survey conducted by the GHMC, there are over 5 lakh stray indian dogs on the streets of Hyderabad out of which only a few thousand have been vaccinated and sterilised.
According to one of the officials of GHMC, for the new project to be successfully and effectively implemented, a bigger team and more equipments will have to be included in the fleet. Since the sterilisation will be taking place on a large scale, the team of dog catchers will also be increased. At present there are only 7 vehicles and GHMC plans to increase this number to 24 vehicles. More vaccination and sterilisation units will be set up in the city to effectively manage the Animal birth control program. In the past, the GHMC has been catching the dogs, actioning the sterilisation, vaccination and deworming them to eventually release them to the area where they had been picked up from. The veterinary wing of GHMC would now carry out blood tests on the dogs’ blood sample to check if the dogs are vaccinated and if their anti rabies shot is still effective.
With the new Animal birth control program starting, GHMC plans to set up special shelter homes to care for dogs who have been injured on the streets or are old or ill. New kennels and cages too will be added to the existing infrastructure and a collaboration with different NGOs, resident welfare associations and basti committees will be taken up to address the issue. A proposal of collecting tax for keeping pet animals was also suggested during the meeting.
Source: Deccan Chronicle