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
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The best treatment - first aid for dog bite - is to immediately wash the wound in running water until the bleeding stops/reduces. The dog bite victim should be taken to the doctor within 24 hours. A tetnus injection followed by anti-rabies if the dog is not immunised is a must. Today the injections are not painful and can be taken in the arm/thigh.
Btw - the photo above is a fake. It is an obvious product of photoshop as can be seen from the shadows of the dogs and the humans that have been superimposed on the picture. Looking at the dog behaviour the two dogs on the left are actually warning off the dog on the right who has strayed into their territory.
The government ABC (Animal Birth Control) programs are not functioning well and need to be ramped up. I think if the stray female dogs of each area were sterilised, the stray birth rate would go down and the population would reduce. I have tried to contact a few NGO's in Faridabad to get the local females sterilized but their success rate is very poor. We need more options.
One positive side effect we have had of having strays on our street is that the large incident of thefts/breakins which were there when we moved into our colony have reduce quite a bit. more