As per W.H.O studies in developing countries sterilization is the ONLY scientific method for reducing the stray dog population.
Mass killing or relocation of dogs makes the problem worse. Dogs are territorial animals - if they are removed from a particular area, the vacuum created will cause other dogs to migrate here. These new dogs may not be vaccinated or sterilized. Hence it is better in the long run to sterilize all the dogs in the area than to remove them.
In 1993 the policy of mass killing of stray dogs was abandoned because it was found to be a massive failure - not only had the incidence of rabies gone up, the population of stray dogs had also increased. Since January 1994, sterilization (Animal Birth Control) is the official government policy for reducing the stray dog population.
The PMC dog squad will pick up unsterilized dogs (males and females) and take them to the Naidu Hospital Pound, where they will be operated, given the anti-Rabies vaccination and then returned after 2 - 4 days. The right ear of the dog is clipped to indicate that it is sterilized.
After operation dogs have to be returned back to the place they were picked up from as per the law.
Under the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules 2001, sub section (1) of section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act., the following acts are punishable by law. The PMC dog catchers must not be asked to do the following -
- picking up of lactating mothers and puppies
- picking up puppies younger than 6 months
- picking up sterilized dogs
- relocation of dogs
- dumping of street dogs outside the city limits.
How can YOU help?
- Help the PMC in identifying and catching stray dogs in your locality so that they can be sterilized.
- Do NOT put pressure on the PMC workers to relocate dogs – this will make the problem worse in the long run.
- Do not dump garbage on the roads. Exposed garbage increases the breeding rate of stray dogs.
- Spread awareness about the importance of sterilization.
- Every society should adopt one or two stray dogs by feeding, sterilizing and vaccinating them. They will act as guard dogs and not allow new dogs into the area.
Contact Information –
Please contact PMC Care for the same.
- Toll Free No: 1800 1030 222
- WhatsApp / SMS: 9689900002
Zone wise list of NGOs and Medical Officers
- Zone 1 – Ghole Road, Aundh, Warje, Karvenagar, Kothrud
- Aligned NGO – Society for Prevention Cruelty to Animal “SPCA Nanded”
- Medical Officer –
- Zone 2 – Dhole Patil, nagar Road, Sangam wadi
- Aligned NGO - Society for Animal protection Kolhapur