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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 ;

 http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Apr/24/bloodbath-by-dogs-91.asp

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.

Letter to
Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation Dr. G.N. Qasba
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Mr. Asgar Samoon
CM, J&K Mr. Omar Abdullah
I just signed the following petition addressed to: State Municipal Corporation-Kashmir, and Mr. Omar Abdullah-Chief Minister.

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Do away with the Stray dog threat on the roads of kashmir.

Dog menace has become perennial threat and people are badly caught. These stray dogs have let loose a reign of terror that not only give people sleepless nights, but children are continuously falling victims of their poisonous bites, while walking through the lanes.

Recent cases on the issue ;

-----On 31st march, a 3 year old kid, Dua, after coming out of school bus, found her self with her sister being chased by, over a dozen dogs, and she lost her balance and fell on the ground. Ahead it was all blood. The stray packs at once pounced on her wounded her face as she cried and they bit and barked.

For three-year-old Dua Me’raj, it’s painful even to cry because that could tear 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 a one of the victim of attack by stray dogs, over one lakh of whom prowl in this summer Capital.

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 medico explaining the diagnosis says this means 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.
But the treatment 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.”

------In March, Abdul Gani Bhat, 60 year old man was bitten by dogs and he was treated in SKIMS for two days.The doctors at the SKIMS treated him and even administered the rabies vaccines. They also performed his plastic surgery. He was discharged two days later, his family said.

“He was doing fine and responding well to the treatment till Sunday when he complained of palpitation and tremors,” says his son Abdul Aziz.
“Concerned for his life we rushed him to SKIMS where doctors referred him to SMHS saying they can’t provide specialized treatment,” his son adds.
On Sunday, Bhat’s family shifted him to the SMHS Hospital where the doctors advised his hospitalization in isolation ward.
“To our surprise we didn’t find a single isolation ward in the hospital,” the family says adding that he was admitted in a room where no doctor bothers to come.
The doctors on the other hand said: “The virus has already attacked his brain and central nervous system and he developed hydrophobia and aerophobia (which are the symptoms at the later stage of the infection).”

The summer capital 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 of Zaina Kadal and 60 year old man died in the past around a year.

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. More than 10,000 dog bite cases have been registered in Srinagar city alone during the last couple of years, as the cases in rural areas mainly remain unreported..

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 link to the news..
http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Apr/24/bloodbath-by-dogs-91.asp

We want a Humane solution to this problem.

To control this increasing problem, Sign 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 ponds 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 Repairment 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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Sincerely,