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I'VE GOT YOU: An Animal Help Foundation activist runs to catch a street dog in the old city on Friday. - Photo: AP
I'VE GOT YOU: An Animal Help Foundation activist runs to catch a street dog in the old city on Friday. - Photo: AP

Staff Reporter

Programme to check stray dog population in city launched

  • AHF team sterilises 40 dogs in Moghulpura, Bhavaninagar
  • Stray dogs released in same locality after sterilisation

    HYDERABAD: The Ahmedabad model of animal birth control (ABC) programme, touted as `innovative' solution to check stray dog population in the twin cities, was formally launched here on Friday.

    After much delay, a 14-member team from Ahmedabad-based Animal Help Foundation (AHF) got down to the job by carrying out sterilisation and vaccination of stray dogs. Dubbed catch-neuter-vaccinate-release (CNVR) programme, this technique, on many counts, could prove far better and efficient than the existing system of sterilisation.

    "We did not have that kind of wherewithal to vaccinate each and every dog. Moreover, the dogs are released immediately after sterilisation, which again saves a lot of time and money," points out Chief Veterinary Officer, MCH, P. Venkateswar Reddy.

    The team sterilised 40 dogs in Moghulpura and Bhavaninagar areas.

    "We have sterilised 45,000 dogs in Ahmedabad with great success. The upshot of this technique is that dogs are released in the same locality from where they have been picked up. This obviates dogs from outside to stake claim to the territory," explained AHF vet Mohd. Raisuddin.

    Previously, the main cause of concern among vets had been the high mortality rate of neutered dogs because they have tendency to pick infection in the sterilisation centres where sanitation is not up to the scratch.

    "We have our own precision medical equipment and clean methods to stave off this infection among neutered dogs," said Md. Raisuddin.

    Vets from the AHF also pointed out that they were using antibodies after sterilisation which help the dog to heal quickly so that it could be released on the same day of the surgery.

    "We do not move to newer areas until and unless we are sure that dogs in particular area are completely immunised and neutered. This is called as area-wise approach. This ensures that no puppies are born in that particular area," another vet Madhav Jinke said.

    The dogs are not caught by using tongs. "We have trained animal catchers who use nets to catch the dogs," pointed out Mr. Raisuddin.

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