Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan on July 11 said that Bengaluru would soon become a stary dog-free city. The Bengaluru Animal Welfare Department has decided to make the city free of stray dogs amid increasing complaints of dog attacks and rat fever in the city.
In a discussion with Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials and the animal welfare department, Chauhan discussed vaccination to control the birth rate of stray dogs. “We will soon move to catch the stary dogs and will make them vaccinated so people don’t have to worry about stray dogs,” said Mr. Chauhan.
The minister further said that the department is also planning to bring stray dogs under a shelter where they can be rescued and properly cared for so that people do not have to face the nuisance and disturbance of stray dogs. The growing menace will be paused after taking proper care properly and vaccinating stray dogs, the minister added.
According to a survey conducted in the city, even as BBMP sterilizes at least 45,000 animals annually since 2018, the number of stray dogs in the city is surging. As of now, only 51 percent of the city’s 3,09,000 stray dogs have been neutered, but officials say controlling the stray dog population is a steeper challenge than it seems.