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State-of-art operation theatre to sterilize stray dogs

Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority

(NKDA) has set up a state of the art operation theatre to sterilize stray dogs.

The dog pound and the cattle shed have come up on three acres of land and is on the way to Aquatica in Action Area ID.

Senior officials of NKDA recently visited the site and oversaw the arrangements. Initially, five stray dogs have been sterilized and all of them are keeping well and released from the dog pound.

Stray dogs have become a major menace throughout the country. Nearly 50,000 people die every year in rabbis. Despite order of the Supreme Court the civic bodies have failed to sterilize the stray dogs.

After the surgery the dogs will be kept under observation for some days. NKDA staffs will b deployed to look after the stray dogs. NKDA proposes to engage an agency to catch stray dogs on regular basis.

It may be mentioned that few civic bodies have properly trained dog catchers. Those who are deployed to catch stray dogs are conservancy workers who do not have any training in catching dogs. Most of the stray dogs are ill treated on the way to the dog pound. Most of the dog pounds are ill maintained and the stray dogs contract infection.

The NKDA will also put up a cattle barrier to prevent entry of stray cows. It has been found that the cattle enter New Town through one or two relatively isolated stretch. One such stretch is near the plot where the proposed second campus of Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital ( CNCI) is coming up. A cattle barrier has been designed and it is expected that it will prevent the stray cattle from entering New Town. CCTV cameras will be installed to monitor the effectiveness of the cattle barrier.

It may be recalled that NKDA in the past one year has captured 692 stray cattle of which 192 are buffaloes. A sum of Rs 13.59 lakhs has been collected as fines and 22 unclaimed cattle were auctioned. The cattle were found loitering on the main thoroughfares of New Town.

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