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Make Kashmir's Streets Safe from Stray Dogs #StrayFreeKashmir

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On 31st march, a 3 year old kid, Dua, after coming out of school bus, found herself with her sister being chased by over a dozen dogs. The little girl lost her balance and fell on the ground. The stray pack at once pounced on her and bit her face, the poor child crying as the dogs bit and barked. 

 Greater Kashmir, J&K's leading news paper, reports that medical records vide Card No 254398 reveal that Dua was a “Dog bite Category III case.” “Face and cheeks have multiple bite marks lacerated around angles of mouth,” it adds. A doctor explained the diagnosis thus: 'The patient’s mouth has been torn apart by dogs. The same is visible on Dua’s swollen face which has multiple stitches on the two sides of her mouth, near the nose and her eyebrows.'

The three-year-old Dua can't even cry because it's painful and the crying can tear apart the stitches on her cheeks.The little girl sits quietly on the bed as tears continue to trickle down her face while her family members try to console her. 

This girl from Baba Pora, Habba Kadal area of Shaher-e-Khaas is just one of the several victims of attacks by stray dogs. Srinagar with over one lakh dogs reportedly on prowl has witnessed a surge in the canine attacks while at least four persons including a 10-year old boy and a 60 year old man have died on account of attacks by stray dogs in past year itself. To

To make matters worse, the treatment for this child didn’t come easy for this family whose sole bread earner, Dua’s father, is a bus driver. 

Immunoglobulin, something vital for treatment of dog bite cases wasn’t available at the hospital. The family spend around Rs 700 to get it from open markets.
 An official at the GMC while admitting the failure to keep   available the stock of this vital medicine says: “We don’t procure this because we cannot afford it keeping in view the inflow of dog bite cases. So victims have to get it of their own.”

When contacted Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Chowdary said he knew nothing about the case. 

About the alleged non-availability of proper isolation ward, he said it was the prerogative of Social and Preventive Medicine Department.  “This is the concern of SPM better contact them,” he said

Here it needs a mention that the stray dog population in Kashmir is estimated to be over 10 lakh. The municipal authorities last year had planned a dog sterilization and culling drive to curb the growing menace but this has been resisted by some animal rights groups and dog lovers. 

 After a few days of little lull in dog attacks, the canines Monday made a bloody comeback with at least 51 persons falling prey to the lethal attacks in the Srinagar city. Monday witnessed the highest number of dog bite cases in the city in a day this year. Here goes the story ;

We want a Humane solution to this problem.

To control this increasing problemSign this petition and ask the SMC and the Government agencies to take the following steps:

1. Sterilize and vaccinate these stray dogs to counter-check their increasing number and to prevent the spread of rabies. 

2. Making of Dog pounds and taking those dogs away from the inhabited places.

3. Door  to Door collection of food wastes by the municipal authorities should be encouraged instead of the road side bins.

4. Rabies vaccine should be given to the victim of a dog bite in or near  the area of the bite..

5. Installation and Repair of street lights, so that people can walk safely on roads and can avoid walking on the sides where dogs are present.

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