Rising dog bite cases | Stray dogs to be caught & sterilized: Commissioner

 ITANAGAR, May 21: A meeting of all stakeholder departments and NGO represetatives, chaired by  AHV&DD commissioner Bidol Tayeng in his Civil Secretariat office here on Monday, reviewed rising dog-bites cases in state capital and some districts.

Attributing the causes to increasing stray dogs, AHV department officers highlighted its consequences to the society. Officers of health and family welfare departments enlisted number of dog bites and rabies cases in the state and various activities taken up to control of Rabies. Capital district administration gave details of efforts being made to control stray dogs.

It was observed that number of dog bites in 2024 has surged in state capital and in some districts. The numbers of incidences have caused panic among the citizens, particularly few photographs and videos of dog bites circulating in social media.

While it was informed that increasing number of bite cases was a matter of concern for all, but all the bite cases was not that of rabid dog. Most of the bites were pet and domestic dogs. The members expressed concern over increasing numbers of stray dogs in state capital and district HQs that led to rise in dog bites and suggested action to control multiplication of stray dogs by appropriate means.

While different means were discussed, the proposal for catching and confining the stray dogs in state capital by authority or NGOs and sterilizing them was accepted as the most standard procedure.

An NGO – Arunachal Dog and Cat Rescue – working selflessly at Naharlagun BPL Colony, has kept about 17 stray dogs. The NGO proposed to increase number of dogs by seeking more space for more stray dogs. Capital DC has been working with the said NGO and providing better facilities for keeping the dogs. The NGO has been assured by the departments to provide net and hand gloves for catching dogs in the capital.

AHV&DD director Dr. D. Longri informed that anti-rabies vaccines for the dogs are available throughout the state and tdog owners can get their pets vaccinated free of cost.

It was felt that the stake holder departments may undertake appropriate publicity about keeping the pet dogs in proper confinement in their homes to avoid contact with the rabid dogs. It was also felt that many stray dogs have owners but have let them free in the streets. Such dogs should be taken care of by the owners instead of letting them in the streets that has lead to increase in such dog bites cases.

It was decided that the effort to control the stray dogs or dog bites by all stakeholder departments shall be concerted one in a sustainable way till the situation is brought back to normal.

DCs Shweta Nagarkoti Mehta (Capital) & Jiken Bomjen (Papum Pare),  IMC commissioner T. Aran and NRCP SNO Dr. Lobsang Zampa, among others, were Amongst the senior officers who were present, according to a release issued AHV&DD commissioner.

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