The Chennai Corporation is likely to permit yet another NGO, International Trust of Peace, to take part in the animal birth control programme (ABC) in added areas of the city.

If the Corporation Council approves a resolution on Wednesday, the sterilisation of dogs in various localities of the city will get a boost.

Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Blue Cross of India and People for Animals are currently shouldering the responsibility of tackling challenges pertaining to animal birth control programme in the city.

After the expansion of the city limits, the number of calls made to the helpline for stray dog control is on the rise. The number of animal birth control operations has touched 1,900 every month.

However, many of the complaints of residents pertaining to stray dogs in the newly added areas fail to elicit the required response from the Chennai Corporation.

The civic body has just a few vans to catch dogs and only some are put to use. In the past three years, the civic body has caught around 55,000 dogs of which over 51,000 have been sterilised.

As a chunk of contract labourers fail to turn up during emergencies, the civic body plans to make use of the services of new NGOs to tackle such problems. Most of the stray dog menace complaints are from expanded areas and more than 50 complaints are received at the Animal Birth Control Centre near Elephant Gate a day.

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