Jagatsinghpur, August 4 (LocalWire): Stray dogs have created a menace in Jagatsinghpur district but the administration is non chalant and has taken no steps to sterilize them or vaccinate them against rabies.
The strays often wander on National highways and state highways causing accidents, especially on the busy Cuttack Nuagaon national highway and Cuttack-Paradip road.
The Supreme Court of India had passed an order to sterilize stray dogs due to the rising number of accidents.
Since culling of dogs has been protested by animal welfare organizations, dogs were sterilized with the help of local police and NGOs in Jagatsinghpur town, Rahama bazaar of Cuttack-Paradip SH and other areas in 2017 and five dogs went through the process of sterilization and vaccination.
But the drive has not been continued as the authorities that were supposed to take charge of the sterilization and vaccination of strays shift blame on each other.
Satrughan Nayak said, ‘it’s the rise in strays that is the problem.
Sterilising and letting them back to where they cause a menace is not helping the people.
And for the past two years the administration is not maintaining the process.’
The veterinary department had opened a sterilization operation unit in the district veterinary hospital but it has not been used since the last two years.
Similarly, the van purchased by the municipality to transport strays is sitting idle.
Besides these, the municipality trained five people in catching stray dogs but they are now deployed in cutting grass, sanitation and other jobs instead.
One senior veterinary department officer said ‘our department will provide veterinary surgeon for operation and anti-rabies vaccine but the municipality should give the equipment for OT in which sterilization has been affected.’
Executive officer of Jagatsinghpur municipality, Baladev Behera said, ‘Municipality is ready to purchase equipment for sterilization but the veterinary department has not yet given proposal for the purchase of equipment. ‘