Ludhiana: Despite the stray dog menace being a major problem for city residents, there is no helpline number where residents can register their complaints for action. A private company handling the sterilization of stray dogs has not issued any number for the public. In case of emergency, people have to contact the area councillor or trace the officer of the veterinary branch for registering their complaints. In one day, more than 30 complaints are pouring in about the problem of stray dogs from various parts of the city.
The stray dogs are posing a threat to residents as well as passers-by in residential areas, as dogs keep barking at night time, and chase people for long distances. Residents are full of complaints regarding this problem. Civil City resident Manjit Singh said: âIt has become difficult to move out because of stray dogs in the area, and instead of solving the problem, authorities are turning a blind eye.â He said there should be some helpline number where they can register their complaints, and MC officials must be duty-bound to solve the problem.
Amandeep Singh, a resident of Model Town Extension, said: âThe MC should find a permanent solution to the problem as only sterilization is not the answer. With sterilization, the increasing number of dogs will end, but the existing dogs will not stop biting people. The stray dogs have created problems for residents going for morning and evening walks, and now people are forced to bring sticks with them to keep the dogs at bay,â complained Meenal Sharma, a home-maker and resident of Ghumar Mandi. She said not only roads, but dogs have created a scare even in public parks.
However, senior veterinary officer Dr YP Singh said: âThere is no helpline number as such, and for complaints, councillors contact me, and I forward the complaints to the company people.â He said they would ask the company to start a complaint number specifically for these complaints, so that direct calls come to them and they monitor them immediately.