Palike sterilises record number of stray dogs

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has created a record of sorts by sterilising as many as 93,447 dogs in the previous financial year.

In a press statement, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Animal Husbandry) Dr Parvez Ahmad Piran said culling of dogs was in practice in all the municipal bodies since the time of independence. However, canine population could not be controlled, though culling remained one of the most important means.

After much hue and cry by animal rights activists and a series of petitions to arrest the inhuman act of culling dogs, sterilisation of dogs was launched in Bangalore. Only rabid dogs and those suffering from incurable diseases were subjected to culling.

Last year alone, 1,420 diseased dogs were culled. The only method of containing the dog population in Bangalore is sterilisation, said Dr Piran.

As per the data provided by him, mercy killing of dogs was at its peak between 2001 and 2008. In 2005-06, the total dogs culled were 8,173. In 2006-07, the number shot up to a record 8,705. The previous year the number dropped to 1,420.

In the previous fiscal, a record number of dogs were sterilised and in 2010-11, as many as 69,141 dogs were rendered infertile.

Similarly in 2009-10, the Palike spayed a total of 29,349 dogs, under the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme. As many as four lakh dogs have been sterilised in the City so far, Dr Piran, added.

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