Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)
Udupi, Sep 30: Dog bite incidents are on the rise in the district. From January and August this year, 11,407 cases dog bites are reported. Two have died because of dog bites in the same period.
Local officials, especially in rural areas are negligent in this matter. The reason for dog bites is the shortage of food to street dogs.
“Local city bodies like CMC, TMC, town panchayats and gram panchayats have yet to take animal birth control steps effectively. These have to be done in coordination with local officials at gram panchayat level. The animal husbandry department is ready to give necessary technical support to panchayats throughout the district in this regard,” said Dr Shankar Shetty, deputy director of district animal husbandry department.
Udupi DHO Dr Nagabhushana Udupa said, “Though tenders are called for ABC and sterilization programmes, most of the NGOs have not shown interest. Gram panchayats have to keep funds reserved to complete ABC programme in time limit.
“When the dog bites, people have to take treatment immediately. If the treatment is delayed the situation becomes worse. The government health centres and giving good medical treatment.”