The menace of stray dogs in Salamabad Dachina of remote Uri district has become a cause of concern not only for residents but also for the authorities who have so far failed to put a check on their growing population. “This is a major problem for all of us. Stray dogs bite people, chase them when they go to prayers early in the morning, and scare away children,” Irfan Ahmad, a resident of Salamabad Dachina said. Stray dogs can be seen in large groups around garbage dumps in the residential areas. “These dogs have made the life hell, particularly for women and old age persons,” Abdul Satar of Khan Pati Mohalla Salamabad told KNS. He said that it seems that the Municipal council Baramulla is unaware of various laws regarding how to check the growth of stray dogs as the animal birth control rules prevent their killing unless the animal turns highly infectious or rabid. Residents of areas like Salamabad Dachina, Lagama, Khan Pati Mohalla complaining of increased population of stray dogs. “Though the Municipal Council captured the stray dogs in the area, their numbers just keep rising,” Irfan Ahmad of Dachina Salamabad told KNS. He said that even after making several complaints to the authorities nothing much has changed. “Some of the dogs living in our area are obviously rabid. Not just bites, but several accidents also keep taking place as they keep following the motorists even after dark, said Abdul Satar of Khan pati Mohalla and added that many children have been bitten in the last one week, making the others too scared to go out and play, he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch