Can street dogs be trained to protect women in Delhi? - AsianAge

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Can street dogs be trained to protect women in Delhi? The New Delhi Municipal Council has come with an idea to “employ ” stray dogs to make the city safer for women and at the same time control the dog menace.

The civic agency has sent a proposal to the Delhi police and to other authorities, however, no details of financial and logistical arrangements for such an ambitious idea have been formulated as yet. Still, the NDMC is hopeful that its proposal will be accepted by fund-starved Delhi police.
A senior NDMC official told this newspaper that the corporation has been looking at “this as a thoughtful solution” to two problems. “The proposal has been sent to the Delhi police, and we want to come up with a comprehensive plan to find a common solution for dog menace as well as women’s security.”

Dogs will be trained to accompany police personnel in public places. “We will train the dogs in a way that they will help the police personnel in keeping Delhi safe. In parks and in the public, wherein a few constables are employed and yet security is an issue, the trained dogs with the police personnel will add to security,” said the source in the council.

The NDMC, which has been getting regular calls complaining against the stray dog menace and increasing incidents of dog bites, feels once the dogs are “employed for security” they will be in a better position to deal with situation.
“Until now, when we get calls to deal with canines, we have to sterilise them, vaccinate them and return them to the area where they were spotted. There are a lot of complaints from animal activists as well. I hope this solution will silence them all as we are providing them a shelter,” the source added.
“Dogs will be fed, vaccinated and taken care of, whereas when they are on streets life is not easy for them,” said the senior official. The NDMC is hopes its one-of-a-kind solution will get the police’s approval.

Even animal care centres are keen to see if the proposal works out as they feel that it will reduce their burden.

“This move definitely will be a welcome one as it will reduce the burden of the care centres in Delhi. We get calls of stray dog bites. If the agency employs them and takes care of them rather then just abandoning them, it will be a very innovative idea,” a senior executive in Friendicoes, an animal shelter in the national capital, told this newspaper. more  

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SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE - Petition to "LG, Delhi: Homes for stray dogs/ animals, sterlization and creation of Central Relief Fund". Pl. Sign & support the cause. Here's the link: more  
will and direction required . . ho to sakta hai sahab more  
NDMC being richest municipal body can certainly afford to support this
initiative,however for delhi police and other 3 MCD bodies in our city it
is impossible to spare any funds for this,More over this project will
require regular flow of funds for running sucessfully.Animal lovers being
small in numbers also cannot spare funds.
j r agrawal

On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Karuna Dhingra <
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Sounds like a win win for all involved. If it works! I am aware that in Israel the Israelis have trained street dogs to be bomb sniffers etc. In India implementation could be an issue. Some Animal NGO's should come forward to assist in the training and also do a small Proof Of Concept to demonstrate its efficacy. That said - it still is a great idea.

I remember when we were in school India's population was considered a liability. Then along came BPO's who leveraged the fact and suddenly this excess population began earning precious foreign exchange.

Who knows this idea could really convert the dog liability problem to a dog asset problem.

Good Luck!! more  
The idea is great and worth trying. more  
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