PPS releases puppies in PMC office as a protest 

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 21 June 2018

Pune: Patit Pavan Sanghatana (PPS) activists staged a protest in Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) head office by releasing puppies on Thursday to highlight the issue of stray dog menace. From last few months, many people, as well as corporators, have registered complaints of stray dog menace in the city. 

Pune: Patit Pavan Sanghatana (PPS) activists staged a protest in Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) head office by releasing puppies on Thursday to highlight the issue of stray dog menace. From last few months, many people, as well as corporators, have registered complaints of stray dog menace in the city. 

Shivaji Chavan, City President of Patit Pavan Sanghatana submitted an application to Mayor Mukta Tilak and Leader of House Shrinath Bhimale to take appropriate steps to control the stray dog menace. The sanghatana members came to the municipal corporation with puppies. Chavan also demanded action against people who are feeding stray dogs due to which stray dog problem is increasing in the city. 

Last week, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat also raised the question on the numbers of stray dogs. Corporators across party lines had raised serious concerns on the issue during the monthly General Body (GB) meeting after senior Marathi author Mangala Godbole was bitten by a stray dog in May 2018 at Kamala Nehru Garden on Prabhat Road.  In a GB meeting,  Tilak had also issued an order to officials take appropriate steps to tackle the stray dog problem. 

According to PMC health officials, they are implementing the stray dog birth control programme extensively in the city. The corporation has appointed four private agencies for sterilisation and birth control of dogs. 
Till date, agencies were carrying out around 70 sterilisation of dogs daily. Now, they have given them a target of carrying out 125-130 sterilisations per day so that the stray dog population can be controlled. 

They have allotted Rs 2 crore for this programme. They have a system to identify sterilisation of dogs by cutting a part of their ear to identify them.

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