Pune: To control the rapidly growing population of stray dogs, which leads to an increase in dog bite cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has planned to conduct a sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccination drive for stray dogs in the city.
According to an estimate, there are over 50,000 stray dogs within the PMC limits. Street dogs thrive on open dumping of wet garbage in garbage bins. Residents and passers-by around these bins become victims of dog bites.
The office of the additional municipal commissioner has prepared a proposal to conduct the sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccine drive. It has identified four private agencies to carry out the work. The total cost of the work is Rs 72 lakh and each agency will get Rs 18 lakh. The proposal has been tabled in the standing committee for its approval. The PMC will pay Rs 75 per dog for catching it and releasing it back in its territory after sterilising and vaccinating it.
According to the proposal, M/s Animal Welfare Association, Navi Mumbai, M/s Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Nanded, M/s People for Animals, Pune will carry out the drive at PMC’s Dr Naidu Dog Pond while M/s Blue Cross Society of Pune will have to carry out the work at the Dog Pond located at Mundhwa-Keshavnagar.
The contract for the work will last till March 31, 2018. If the PMC finds work of any of these agencies unsatisfactory, their work order will be cancelled while the remaining work will be allotted to another agency.