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‘Fear of stray dogs keeps kids indoors’

Residents complain that senior citizens and children are scared to walk alone on the streets. Photo: K. Pichumani

Residents complain that senior citizens and children are scared to walk alone on the streets. Photo: K. Pichumani   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

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Residents of Anna Nagar say these canines are giving them a tough time, reports D. MADHAVAN

A dog is considered a man’s best friend. But not so in Anna Nagar and adjoining areas, where the presence of these canines have made residents uncomfortable. Residents say there have been instances of stray dogs chasing and even biting road users and locals in the neighbourhood.

According to them, the problem has increased manifold in the past few weeks with an increase in the population of stray dogs on the street lanes and arterial roads. Many are wary of stepping out of their houses.

Residents are getting impatient over the Corporation promises to address the issue. “Stray dogs have become a menace in the neighbourhood now. We are not allowing children to play outside for fear that they would be bitten by a dog. Even adults are chased by these dogs,” said V. Ramani, a resident of J.J. Nagar.

Residents say large numbers of dogs roam freely on the stretches especially in Anna Nagar. Residents, especially women and senior citizens, are scared to walk alone on the streets. Many accidents have reportedly been caused due to stray dogs chasing motorists. “Last week, I hurt myself after falling from my bike as I rode fast to escape from a group of stray dogs that chased me at night,” said S. Kumar, a resident of Mogappair.

According to Corporation officials, unlike the main city, the suburbs have a dense population due to cheap accommodation and easy transport. And, these areas lack a proper solid waste management systems to dispose of garbage, both industrial and domestic, from the neighbourhood. As a result, stray dogs thrive on the garbage piles on the roadside and street lanes. A Corporation official said steps are being taken to address the issue. Among the measure is prompt clearance of garbage to prevent stray dogs from thriving on it, he said.

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