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Monday, 21 December 2020

Stray canine count up at Sukhna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20

An increasing number of stray dogs at Sukhna Lake has put a question mark over the sterilisation campaign of the local Municipal Corporation.

Morning and evening walkers at the lake spot packs of dogs roaming around. "I am a regular morning walker at the lake and have noticed that the number of dogs continues to increase. Though they do not trouble us, I wonder if sterilisation of dogs is being done at the lake," said Narender Singh, a resident of Sector 7.

"If sterilisation is being done regularly, then how come the number of dogs is increasing? There must be a regular campaign for sterilisation, especially at the most-frequented public places," added Raman, a city resident.

Col Kulwinder Singh (retd), president, Residents' Welfare Association, Sector 10, said, "The MC is doing nothing about the stray dog menace in the city. Their number is increasing."

12-15 dogs operated in city every day, says MC official

Twelve to 15 dogs are operated every day. As per the law, we have to leave the neutered dogs at the same place from where they were picked for the operation. — Dr Amrit Warring, MOH, MC

Then why their number is on the rise, asks Resident

If sterilisation is being done regularly, then how come the number of dogs is increasing? There must be a regular campaign, especially at the most frequented public places. — Raman, A city resident

Area councillor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu said, "It is indeed a huge menace at the lake area, but the MC is constrained by law in relocating stray dogs. I request people to adopt stray dogs and keep them at home, and not feed strays in public places."

MC Medical Officer of Health Dr Amrit Warring said, "We are conducting regular sterilisation of dogs across the city. Twelve to 15 dogs are operated every day. As per the law, we have to leave the neutered dogs at the same place from where they were picked for the operation."



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