The growing number of stray dogs in the capital city of the mountain region has compelled the administration to launch a drive against them. “Over a dozen dogs have been shot dead in two days and more will be killed in the coming days,” said an official supervising the drive on Thursday.
The drive, assisted by municipal committee officials, is conducted every year to ensure people do not fall victim to dog bites. According to the official, the drive will continue until the number of dogs is brought down to a “normal level” as their population has gone out of proportion in the recent past.
The drive was launched following complaints by local people against the increasing number of dogs wandering freely in the city, especially at night. The dead dogs are picked up and dumped in a remote area to avoid spread of germs and stink.
Meanwhile, gunshots fired at dogs triggered panic among certain people, who misinterpreted them with sectarian clashes. However, the drive has to a large extent been appreciated by local residents, who have urged the authorities to continue the operation until all stray dogs are finished.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2012.