SALEM: Salem Corporation re-launched its drive to catch stray animals in the city on Tuesday.
Civic workers caught four ponies and over 140 stray dogs in all the four zones in the city. The drive was re-launched as the civic administration had been receiving sharp criticism from the people about the continuing menace of stray animals in the city.
The population of stray dogs, pigs, cattle and orphaned ponies on the city streets has shot up in recent months.
These animals feed from overflowing garbage bins and drainage channels and roam freely on the streets and roads.
People here have expressed serious concern over the growing number of stray animals, particularly dogs.
People in several residential areas are afraid to walk on the streets due the large presence of stray dogs. The dogs chase and terrorise children and adults alike. Children are the worst affected.
Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy instructed the officials to carry out the drive till all the stray animals on the city streets were removed.