Going to the dogs - 2.75 Lakh stray dogs in Delhi
At least 16 people in Delhi died of rabies contracted from dog bites in the last year. According to a survey conducted by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 30,608 cases of dog bites were reported from areas under its jurisdiction in 2012-2013, as against 17,634 cases the previous year.
Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, notified in December 2001 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, prohibit the killing of stray dogs except in special cases, for instance when they are rabid or terminally ill. Besides, the rules provide that stray dogs can only be removed from their habitats for neutering and immunisation against rabies. But municipal officials have failed to carry out dog immunisation drives effectively.
A dog attack every day
North MCD doesn't have even one dog sterilisation centre in its jurisdiction, and 10 out of its six sterilisation mobile centres are in a state of breakdown. The corporation sterilised just 3,800 dogs last year. more