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Stray dog menace haunts city

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Many people, mostly children, suffer dog bites

Lurking danger:Stray dogs pose a huge threat to pedestrians and two-wheeler riders in Thrissur city. Dogs roaming the streets in Sakthan Nagar.
Lurking danger:Stray dogs pose a huge threat to pedestrians and two-wheeler riders in Thrissur city. Dogs roaming the streets in Sakthan Nagar.

Stray dogs continue to haunt the city, as civic authorities have failed to take steps to curb the menace, claim residents.

“Dogs are a man’s best friend. But man’s best friend can turn out to be his worst nightmare when stray dogs chase him. Taking a pet dog for a walk in the city has become too risky,” said K.V. Bhagyalakshmi of Patturaikal, whose pet dog was attacked by thee stray dogs recently.

Common sight

Packs of stray dogs lurking in the street corners, public parks and markets are a common sight in the city.

On a walk down the city roads one can spot hundreds of stray dogs roaming freely, feasting on garbage and chasing residents.

Many people, mostly children, have suffered dog bites. People living in residential colonies hesitate to venture out after dark due to the dog menace.

“Dogs chase us even during the day. At least 20 to 25 dogs can be spotted in our street,” said Madhu Krishna a school student. Joggers carry bamboo sticks and cyclists fill their pockets with stones to ward off dogs.

According to residents, the authorities have failed to initiate any concrete efforts to control the problem, despite many complaints.

The city authorities do not have any statistics on the stray dogs in the city, though all the 55 divisions of the corporation face the same challenge. “The garbage dumps across the city offer sumptuous feasts to street dogs. Because they feed lavishly on the waste, street dogs look very healthy these days,” said K. Krishnakumar, a resident.

However, a few residents feel that proper waste management will help reduce the stray population.

“People litter the streets without thinking of the consequences. Stopping the habit of throwing garbage on streets is the only solution to the menace,” said Ms. Bhagyalakshmi a resident.

Surge in accidents

The burgeoning stray dog population has also led to a surge in the number of accidents involving two-wheelers. The incidence of dog bites is increasing by the day, according to residents.

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