Nagpur: The stray dog menace continues in the city with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration miserably failing to take necessary steps to curb the problem. Despite several complaints being lodged till date regarding with the NMC, there is no action. It seems the administration has turned a blind eye towards the people’s agony.
Group of stray dogs can be seen in every by lane of the city. Most horrifying experience of the stray dogs is that when they notice a new comer in the area, not only they bark at the person but chase him for some distance.
The civic body’s apathy proved costly for a seven-year-old boy, who was severely injured after a stray dog bite his face and head in Timki area on Wednesday afternoon. The boy was later admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where he is undergoing treatment at the Trauma Centre.
According to information, Bhavesh Rajesh Geogune (7), a resident of Sant Ravidas Mata Mandir in Timki was playing outside his house on Wednesday. At around 2.30 pm a stray dog from the neighborhood approached Bhavesh and mauled his head. Bhavesh made every effort to get free from the clutches of the canine but could not succeed as the dog overpowered him. Hearing Bhavesh’s screams for help, locals rushed and seeing a large number of people, the dog left the place. Till then it had left severe marks on Bhavesh’s head and face. He was then admitted to GMCH, where his condition is being monitored at the Trauma Centre.
Speaking to Nagpur Today, a local resident said, “The problems of dogs are very common in the city. We have given several memorandums to NMC and even Mayor, but except for plain assurances, no concrete steps have been taken in this regard. Officials are too busy, forecasting the results of elections that they have no longer interest in people’s agony.”
When Nagpur Today contacted NMC veterinary doctor Gajendra Mahalle said, “Following the complaints of the local residents, we had a sent a team to detain the dog on Wednesday. However, as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, we have to sterilize the dog and release it on the same spot.”
When asked as to how the problems of dogs biting the people will be solved, Mahalle expressed inability pointing out to SCs order, which according to him, prohibits the civic administration to initiate any stern action against the animals.
By Shubham Nagdeve