Last year the Supreme Court had agreed to examine a plea seeking contempt action against the chief officer of a municipal council in Karnataka and a private contractor on allegations of mass culling of stray dogs. But in Jammu City the ever increasing number of stray dogs in the city and its outskirts has become an impending threat for the people as the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has been able to sterilize only around 15,000 dogs in a year, out of their estimated number of 53,000. The number of stray dogs in the municipal limits was estimated by the NGO at around 53,000. Subsequently, the JMC started the sterilization programme, but due to lack of space and infrastructure, the programme could not be carried out at the required pace. If one go by the statistics the JMC has completed the first phase of the sterilization programme, covering all the 71 wards of the city and areas falling within the municipal limits. But if one moves out at night the fact belies the truth as the population of stray dogs has increased manifold than the estimated number projected in the 2017 census conducted by the NGO. Even the dog bite cases are too have seen an increase from different areas and the dogs are seen everywhere, including busy areas of the city, main roads, parks and at many other public places, thereby making it difficult for the people. Not only this these dogs become traffic hurdle causing accident especially for the two wheeler riders. They also add to the garbage spread already on the road adding to the hygiene mess. The authorities time and again make tall claims of initiating many drives to catch these animals, but the situation on ground reality is totally different.
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