Sindh to purchase 60 vehicles for catching street dogs

KARACHI: Sindh Local Government Department will 60 small size 800 cc pickups have to be purchased for to catch stray dogs under rabies control program.

The Sindh cabinet, on Tuesday approved Rs 240 million for the scheme.

Minister for Local Government Department Syed Nasir Hussain Shah told the cabinet meeting that street dogs will be caught and vaccinated at the veterinary hospital.

Last month the Sindh government has established a complaint centre to tackle the problem across the province. The Sindh government stressed that shooting and poisoning stray dogs are not viable options.

Rs60 million spent

A few weeks back Sind Local government told the Sindh Assembly that the provincial government spent Rs 60 million on killing the street dogs. According to report in Karachi 11233 dogs were killed, which costed Rs4.7 million.

In Hyderabad division Rs6.7 million and in Rs10 million were spent on street dogs killing campaign. Some officers were also suspended for not reporting the growth of dogs in their respective its verdict had suspended the membership of some MPAs, as in their constituencies dog biting cases had increased.

Sindh High Court expresses anger

Sindh High Court Sukkur bench Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar expressed his anger and said that what legislation was made by MPAs during the past 15 years; it was the work of MPAs to look after and protect their people, nor going to Karachi and sitting there after their election.

The court suspended the membership of two MPAs Faryal Talpur and Malik Asad Sikandar elected from Ratodero and Jamshoro respectively.

Dog bite cases in 2020

As many as 150,000 dog-bite cases were registered at hospitals across the province from January 1 to September 30, Sindh Health Department released data in the first week of last October.

According to this report Karachi experienced the highest number of dog-bite cases, numbering at 17,800, while Naushero Feroze reported 13,000, Khairpur 12,500, Kashmore 11,400, Dadu 11,300, Qambar-Shahdadkot 9,100, Sanghar 8,000 and Umerkot 7,500.

A total of 195,761 dog-bite cases were registered in Sindh in 2019.