Dog days

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Residents on the southern fringes are dogged by a persistent problem: stray canines that go after them at night.K. MANIKANADAN and ATUL SWAMINATHAN stay up and report.

As the Chennai Corporation gears up for a dog census, here are some clues to where they should look the hardest. Residents of localities on the southern fringes of the city report alarming numbers of stray canines. The sight of motorists being chased by dogs at unearthly hours is by no means uncommon. But this is more frequent in certain areas, namely East Coast Road, OMR , Velachery and Tambaram.

S. Vijaylakshmi, a resident of Velachery, works in an IT company at Tidel Park and does odd hours. Not a day passes without her cab being chased by strays in Velachery. “The proliferation of eateries in this area is behind the growing numbers of homeless dogs. The dogs live off the leftovers from these restaurants. The food is thrown on the street, inviting dogs,” she says.

That explains the vast numbers of strays on Old Mahabalipuram Road too, where a new eatery opens shutters every other day.

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