Srinagar: The stray dog population has witnessed a manifold increase in various areas including Beighpora Allouchi Bagh, Gurdawara road area and Rambagh –Tangpora, Srinagar city.
The residents said that Municipal committee sub-office has placed garbage heaps and public conveniences on the road which has become a major cause of the huge dog populace.
“Due to the presence of dogs, we are unable to make a move on the roads especially in the morning and evening times, ” said a local Mohammad Saleem.
One of the senior citizens of Allouchi Bagh said that stray dogs can be seen in large groups in and around garbage dumps in the residential areas. “These dogs have made the living hell, particularly for women and old age persons,” said another local Mohammad Ramzan.
The inhabitants said that it seems that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation is unaware of various laws regarding how to check the growth of stray dogs, even after making several complaints by residents to the authorities nothing much has changed.
“Some of the dogs living in our area are obviously rabid. Not just bites, but several accidents also keep taking place as they keep following the motorists even after dark, “going for morning prayers has become as tough as going to a battlefield” said an elderly person Mohammad Ayoub.
An official from SMC Srinagar while talking to Kashmir Life said that People should not throw items which attract dogs on roads, “we are into it but there is also a need to keep roads and streets clean,” he said