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Stray dogs continue to bark, Pune Municipal Corporation fails to hear

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 7:28am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

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Pune: After the Bhusari colony area in Kothrud witnessed stray dogs killing a deer in area, the residents of Kalyaninagar are now in fear too, as they have been complaining about the stray dogs menace for last few months, but the authorities have failed to react on the complaints. The residents claimed that stray dogs are chasing residents up to to 12th floor of societies, and that these dogs have even attacked their pets and causes serious injuries.

Kumar Kruti Co-operative housing society in Kalyaninagar is witness to such scenes, where 400-odd flats owners are facing issues in the area. The terror of strays in the area is so much, that the society watchman is also not ready to work in the area.

On Friday, residents of Bhusari colony in Kothrud were shock to see four dogs pounce on a deer and killed it. Rajendra Kadam, deputy conservator of forest said, “The local residents had alert us that some stray dogs have targeted a deer in the wee hours of Friday. Before we reach, the spot it died. In past also, we have cases in which the wildlife such as peacocks, leopard have been targeted by stray dogs.”

Speaking to dna , Kalyaninagar resident Ravi Tiwari said, “For the past two months, the terror of dogs has created nuisance for us. Not only the flats owners, but also the watchmen deployed are not ready to work here. Every night, we have to witness such a scare.”

The society’s ad-hoc chairman Dr Sanjay Shrinivas said, “We had a garbage machine lift, in which all our dump used to be collected, but it is not functional now. So we have decided to keep all our waste material in a bag outside our house at night, so that early morning ragpickers can collect it. More than 10 dogs barked inside our society premises, and ran up to the 12th floor of the building and scattered all the dustbins. Our pet dogs have been bitten by stray dogs, and in one of cases one of them died after sustaining critical injuries by these stray dogs.”

Former judge Nandakumar Giri, a resident of the society said, “We are repeatedly contacting the ward officers and complaining about the stray dog issues, but they are not acting on our complaints.”

When contacted, ward officer Mahadev Deshpande said, “Our dog squad, after every week, are approaching the area and catching the dogs. After sterilising such dogs, we set them free in the same area, as we cannot kill them.”

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