Govt not doing enough to curb dog menace: Nanaiah

Lashing out at the government for its lack of seriousness in tackling dog bite menace in Bangalore City, JD(S) MLC M C Nanaiah on Thursday said the government should stop treading cautiously and take effective measures to contain the stray dog population.

Speaking in the Legislative Council, he said the government should, in fact, petition the Supreme Court seeking permission to “shoot down” rabid dogs. 

The JD(S) member said that despite the Supreme Court “prompting” the State government to take adequate steps to address the issue, it had failed to do so.

“There are dogs everywhere – in parks, even on Vidhana Soudha premises. As per the estimates, today there may be close to five lakh stray dogs in the City. The government should get its priorities right and stop favouring dogs over humans. The government is spending around Rs 1,000 to neuter one dog. Is this expenditure warranted? Instead of spending so much, why doesn’t the government file a petition before the Supreme Court saying permission should be granted to shoot down rabid dogs,” he said.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said the government could not resort to mercy killing as its hands were tied. 

“An NGO has filed a petition before the Supreme Court against mercy killing. As a result, we are not able to do much,” he said. The matter came up for discussion when Congress MLC Veeranna Mathikatti posed a question to Shettar, asking him about the measures taken by the government to tackle dog menace. 

He said scores of people, including children and senior citizens, were being subjected to dog bites and attacks, while the authorities had been mute spectators.

No deaths

Shettar claimed there had been no deaths due to dog bites in the City since March 2007.

He said, under the Animal Birth Control Rules 2001, BBMP had a provision to administer rabies vaccine to dogs and resort to mercy killing of rabid dogs. But there was no provision to cull dogs carrying rabies. They had to be kept under observation for at least 10 days, before putting them to sleep.

He said that under Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies Vaccination programmes, the authorities were neutering around 6,500 to 7,000 dogs every month. 

As many as 69,141 dogs were neutered in 2010-11 and 93,447 in 2011-12. He said in the current year, the BBMP plans to neuter one lakh stray dogs.

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