World Rabies Day: Stray dog bites occur once every 30 minutes in Thane, finds RTI

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Stray dog bites occur once every 30 minutes in Thane, finds RTI

  • Stray dogs have become a menace not only in Mumbai but in Thane as well.
  • An RTI data revealed that, from 2010 to 2017, in the last 7 years close to 90,000 people have been beaten by the stray dogs.
  • An RTI data revealed that a stray dog bites one Thane residents every 30 minutes.
  • RTI activist says that this figure belongs to those who have treated by the civic hospital. But the actual figure could be much more than that.

Year                  Dog bite                       Monthly                        Daily

2010-11                9,772                             814                             27


2011-12                8,332                             694                             23


2012-13                11,146                           929                              31


2013-14               13,423                           1,119                           37


2014-15                 14,603                        1,216                             41


2015-16                  13,960                        1,163                           39


2016-17                    14,752                      1,229                           41


April 2017                4,261                       1,420                           47

to June 2017

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Satyajit Shah, an RTI activist said, “Since the past few years, the figure has been rising. This data is from the government or civic-run hospitals. But the actual figure could be alarming. The data suggest that a stray dog has been biting a citizen every 30 minutes. The Thane Municipality administration should take this issue seriously.”

Shah further said, “In Maharashtra, around 7,777 people get beaten by the stray dogs every day. People generally rush to the private hospitals after the incident. In Thane, there are around 400 to 500 physicians. Doctors say they do receive one-two patients with a dog bite every day. But the state government does not have information in this regards. Dog bite, scratches, and dog saliva are all equally bad for humans.”

Dr Anand Hardikar, a medical social worker said, “There is a growth in the number of stray dogs over the years. Animal Welfare Birth Control legislation allows the use of injections and surgery to control the reproductive capacity of dogs. But the authorities pick up and release the dogs back to the same areas. These injections are expensive and the Kalyan Municipal Corporation is spending crores of rupees every year to buy them.”

Hardikar added, “Every week I get a dog bite cases from one or two patients. In December 2008, the Bombay High Court had given the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation the authority of to kill dogs. Reacting to this, some animal lovers and animal welfare have filed a petition in the Supreme Court against this. The Supreme Court has given a stay on the High Court’s decision. But nothing much has happened to keep the stray dog population in check; municipal authorities should take this matter more seriously.”