Pune: Despite Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) spending crores of rupees on controlling stray dog menace in the city, it seems all its efforts have proved futile as cases of dog bite have been increasing every year.
Although, there have been no rabies deaths in Pimpri Chinchwad municipal limits, but there is a steady increase in the number of dog bite cases from 9,360 in 2013 to 10,533 in 2016-17.
In last five years, more than 50,000 cases of dog bite have been registered in Pimpri Chinchwad. According to the records with PCMC, 39,853 people have taken anti-rabies vaccine from different hospitals of PCMC.
Around 20 per cent dog bite cases have been treated in private hospitals. According to officials, there are around 25,000 stray dogs in PCMC limits. A mass dog sterilisation drive is needed to reduce the population of stray dogs, but the civic body does not have the staff and infrastructure to conduct such a large drive. Hence, the civic body has decided to outsource this work to a private agency. But, the agencies also failed to control this menace.Sarathi flooded with stray dog complaints
According to PCMC records, Sarathi system of the civic body as well as other forums of the PCMC have received many complaints. Maximum complaints are pertaining to dog menace. In last four years, the PCMC has received 4,841 complaints related to stray dogs, out of these 4,636 complaints have been solved.
Veterinary Officer of PCMC Dr Satish Gore said, “We received around six to 12 complaints about stray dogs every day. The agency which has been outsourced for catching and sterilising dogs charge Rs 650 per dog. More than 10,000 dogs were caught and sterilised by the agency in last one year. Currently, PCMC is having only one vehicle for catching dogs.”