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NGOs say that sterilised dogs are being caught again

  • There are about 3,000 stray dogs in the city
  • `City needs foolproof garbage disposal system'

    MANGALORE: The Mangalore City Corporation's "Phased dog catching programme" which began last week is being implemented haphazardly and the shelters created for the purpose cannot accommodate the dogs being caught, according to non-governmental organisations in the city.

    Dogcatchers who have come from Kerala have expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of coordination in the programme.

    According to Suma Ramesh of Animal Care Trust, there are about 3,000 stray dogs in the city and the MCC authorities have given permission to catch all of them. Two teams of dogcatchers have been pressed to service in the city.

    She told The Hindu that dogs that had been sterilised were being caught and taken to the makeshift animal shelter at Vamanjoor dumping yard. Sterilised and vaccinated dogs were safe to live in urban areas, Ms. Ramesh said, adding that they should be released in the same area from which they had been picked up.

    Coordinator of the programme Sudhakar said that he had ordered the teams to catch all stray dogs in the city. However, he said that it was not possible to accommodate all of them in the shelter.

    Members of the trust and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have informed M. Maheshwara Rao, Deputy Commissioner and chairman of the SPCA, about the manner in which the programme is being implemented.

    Mr. Rao told The Hindu that the programme had to be closely coordinated by the corporation authorities to make it effective.

    Meanwhile, the corporation's health committee Chairman Mahabala Maarla said that one of the main reasons for "stray dog menace" in the city was the faulty garbage disposal system.

    People were dumping garbage on the roadside and on vacant land. Meat stall owners were adding to the problem by throwing animal organs in garbage bins, he said.

    He said that the committee would plan a foolproof garbage disposal system for the city and direct the health officials to monitor animal organ disposal methods.

    A resolution in this direction would be passed in the next meeting of the corporation council, Mr. Maarla added.