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Dog Bite Cases Show Spike in Panchkula District

Panchkula: Cases of stray dog bites in the Panchkula district have risen more than two times in the past three years according to the records made available by the health authorities. While 2,800 cases were reported in 2018, as many as 4,800 were reported by the end of October this year.

The numbers in the past several years have seen an uptick reporting consistent growth. Residents of several sectors are trying to take up the matter with MC authorities, but have received a deaf ear. The number rose from 2,800 in 2018 to 5,000 in 2020, and it is still growing.

Several letters written to the DC and MC office have heaved no response from the authorities. The rise has been witnessed despite the engagement of a neutering NGO, Bezubaan by the MC Panchkula which parted ways with the MC this October end.

Alongside, a dog pound constructed at the Sukhdarshanpur that was promised to be a solution for the prevalent stray dog menace, for 3 crores did not become functional as it broke the laws of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

While the district recorded 350 cases per month on average in 2020, it has reported over 470 each month in 2021.

Source: The Indian Express

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