Citizens demand measures to control stray dogs in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Four days after a pack of stray dogs mauled a two-year-old child to death in the Golconda area, officials from the veterinary wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) inspected the area where the horrific incident performed Tuesday night at Bada Bazar. . They decided to put up fences, but the boy’s parents demanded changes in the dog rules.
It is the second most horrific incident in the city, following last year’s incident where a nine-year-old boy was also mauled to death by four stray dogs in Bahadurpura. Even the elderly have also filed complaints of being attacked by stray dogs. In another incident, a 71-year-old resident of BS Maqtha, Begumpet, filed a complaint with Begumpet police for being attacked by a stray animal.
According to GHMC officials, as of January 2021, there were approximately 4,64,000 community (stray) dogs in Hyderabad.
Veterinary officials, together with AIMIM MP Karwan Kausar Mohiuddin, inspected the areas of Bada Bazar and Saat Galli, where the boy died after being attacked by stray animals.
Residents said the dogs took refuge in the military zone during the day and roamed the settlements and alleys in the evening in search of food and attacked children and the elderly.
The MP called on the authorities to install fences so that dogs cannot enter residential areas. But residents said fences alone would not help; a permanent solution must be found
Seeing the potentially fatal incidents of stray animals attacking children and mauling them to death, the boy’s relatives and many other citizens as well as residents of wells in areas where the dog threat has increased, have called on the government to to Make Changes to Animal Birth Control. (ACB) (Dogs) Rules, 2001, together with amendments to Section 11(1)(i) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960.
CDA rules state that stray dogs operated on for birth control cannot be captured or moved by anyone, including any authority. The PCA law states that abandoning an animal for any reason can result in a prison sentence of up to three months.
But the citizens disagreed; Mohammed Ahmed, a student from Golconda, said, “When amendments can be made to the Constitution, why can’t the government make changes to the ABC Rules of 2001 and the PCA Act of 1960.”
He said innocent children are losing lives; many parents have lost loved ones in dog attacks in Hyderabad. The GHMC only deals with population control, but again, stray dogs are left in the same area and locality.
The father of Md Ayan, who lost his nine-year-old son to four stray dogs, said the rules had to be changed: “It was very difficult for me and my family to see the body of our small child injured by dog bite. We don’t want the same thing to happen with other parents. But cases of dogs chasing children and attacking them to death are increasing in the city. The amendments to the laws will save the lives of many children,” he said in a low, sad tone.