Every dog has its day. Well, the over 2.5 lakh stray dogs of the city have to wait their turn to be sterilised. With 40 dogs being sterilised daily by the agencies appointed by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), it will take four years to sterilise every dog in the city.
The dog sterilisation drive began in the city on September 28 this year, after three agencies began working on the project. In two months, they have covered 16,000 dogs. A fourth agency – Animal Protection Club (APC) – has been recently allotted land in Odhav.
The deputy municipal commissioner for cattle control and nuisance department, Dilip Gor said, “The agency is presently setting up its infrastructure and will be ready to begin work in two months.” For the next two months, a total of 7,440 dogs will be sterilised by the three agencies.
Though the sterilisation work has begun, many residential societies and colonies are still facing dog menace. The civic body claims that it will take at least two years for the efforts to make an impact. “Since the dog population is huge and the pace at which dogs are being sterilised is slow in comparison, we believe that around 1 lakh dogs, around 50% of the total dog population, will be sterilised in two years. Only then will the impact be felt,” explained Gor.
Once the fourth agency starts operations the pace will pick up leading to around 58,400 dogs being sterilised by December 2013-end. If the same pace continues, by the end of the second year, around 1.16 lakh dogs will be sterilised. By the end of the third and fourth years 1.75 lakh and 2.26 lakh dogs will be sterilised respectively.