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20 people get bitten by dogs daily in Gurugram: RTI report

Gurugram: Cases of dog bite continued to be a major challenge in Gurugram. An RTI report recently revealed that in 2017 there were 7,113 cases of dog bites registered in Gurugram. These were 1372 cases more than what was registered in 2016 which stood at 5,741. Complaints of attack by stray animals on residents are now being reported from private residential colonies in the city like DLF township, Sushant Lok, South City, Valley View and several HUDA sectors.
With aggressive dogs posing a major security issue in the neighbourhood, residents complain of how lack of action by MCG is resulting them in choosing a time for stepping out of their homes. "The problem of stray dogs is a very big problem in our neighbourhood. During night time there is always fight between the pack of dogs in our area. They become more aggressive and ferocious," said Ritika Sahni resident of DLF Phase -1.
Even though MCG has been blamed for not tackling the menace, there have also been cases filed against it for cruelty against the animals. The increase in the population of stray dogs especially in the residential colonies of Gurugram and their rising aggression has resulted in differences in opinion between various residents and dog lovers over the handling of stray dogs.
While a certain group of residents feels that there must be firm action taken by the authorities towards the problem, the dog lovers want an amicable solution to the challenge.
Recently, a nine-year-old boy was bitten by a dog in Sector-56 area. The incident caused a huge debate among residents that why no action has been initiated even though there had been numerous complaints on the temperament of the dog. According to official estimates, there are over 50, 000 street dogs.
Besides, providing them with food, some of the residents have personally financed in getting these animals vaccinated and even got them sterilised. Some of the residents in collaboration with the NGO's are also setting up the dog shelter homes.

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