To address the growing population of stray dogs in the city, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) in collaboration with veterinary faculty SKAUST is going to resume the animal birth control and anti-Rabies programme soon at its Animal Birth Control AR facility Shuhama.
“The programme which was temporarily on hold due to the restrictions in place because of COVID-19 pandemic shall now be resumed in the coming week,” Commissioner SMC Gazanfar Ali said.
Commissioner Ali said that initially areas with overpopulation of dogs and complaints coming from the red zone areas shall be attended.
“In this regard, all the necessary arrangements have been kept in place and surgeries shall be conducted strictly as per the COVID-19 protocol,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner has appealed to people not to throw garbage or any leftover food on streets or in an open area.
“It is clear that the population of street dogs is directly related to the amount of food and edible waste matter in the area,” he said.
Commissioner Ali said that areas of the city which are usually kept clean have a very low dog population and areas having a large amount of waste has a much higher population. “So one part of the ultimate answer to street dog control is to control the availability of edible waste which shall result in a decrease of life span and breeding efficiency of stray dogs,” he said.