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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stray-dog menace, no sterilization in Malda yet

Malda, 2 February, 2015: Though vaccination and sterilization of stray dogs are being done in different districts of North Bengal, Malda is still lagging behind. English Bazaar Municipality (EBM) authorities have conceded that no programme of sterilizing the stray dogs has yet been taken up.

It may be mentioned that the number of stray dogs are increasing rapidly in the district particularly in EBM area. Several incidents of dog bites have already been alleged by the citizens. But no measure has yet been taken up to restrict the number of street dogs so far.

It has been learnt from Malda Medical College Hospital authority that as many as 30 persons went there for treatment after being bitten by street dogs. Vice principal cum medical super of MMCH Dr MA Rashid said that they had enough anti-rabies vaccines in stock.

Sources informed the drive to sterilize the street dogs and vaccinate those animals commenced in different districts of North Bengal. But despite considerable increase in number of stray dogs in EBM such action has yet been started.

Vice chairman of EBM Dulal Sarkar said that the municipal authorities had not yet been received any written complaint of dog-bite yet. “If the citizens demand proper action would be taken,” he said.

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