Pune: Six persons, including three children and a senior citizen, were bitten by stray dogs at Netaji Co-operative Housing Society in Wanawadi. The residents, who called a press conference on Friday, said that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is turning a blind eye towards their complaints to capture the dogs.
In a recent incident on October 7, three children, Aman Mekarta (6), Mughdha Whavhal (7) and Ria Rathi (5), were bitten by a dog. On October 8, three others, Harsh Batham (17), Manyal Sarode (30) and Asha Dharmalkar (70), were also bitten in the society premises. Nandan Bhavkar, secretary of the society, told media representatives that an online complaint was sent to the PMC on October 7, but no steps were taken. Bhavkar claimed that the PMC has sent a reply that the problem has been resolved without looking into it.
The residents said that there are 582 flats in the society. They went on to claim that one Riya Shetty regularly feeds the hungry dogs and similar incidents had happened in 2013.
Shetty meanwhile said, “I have been feeding the dogs since many years now. In fact, the residents of the society beat up the dogs for no reason and harass me for feeding them. The residents have even taken Rs 8,000 from me claiming the dogs have bitten their children.”
Animal Welfare Board of India Officer Meher Mathrani said, “On October 7, when a dog bit the kids, I went to the Wanwadi police station. We were told a dog catcher van would be brought and the dogs would be taken to Blue Cross NGO. The van was activated two times, but the dog was not caught.”
Assistant Medical Officer of PMC Dr Vaishali Jadhav said that PMC workers went to the spot on Saturday and Sunday to pick up the stray dogs and carried out sterilisations and vaccinations on them. The picked up dogs are under observation and reports will be released to find out what happened to them to make them violent, Jadhav added.