- 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.
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.”