Raja Syed Rather
Ganderbal, Aug 17: The menace of stray dogs in the Ganderbal 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.
Locals said that there are thousands of dogs in Ganderbal, Beehama, Duderhama, Gund, Kullan, Gagangir, Ganiwan, Rayil, Sumbal, Margund and Kangan areas and it seems that the authorities have no way to control them.
“Stray dogs can be seen in large groups around schools, footpaths, roads, and hospitals in the entire Ganderbal District. This is a major problem for all of us. The school going children are more prone to attacks by dogs, these dogs bite school going children’s, oldies chase them these dogs have made the life hell, particularly for oldies and children this is worrying,” said locals.
The gestation period of dogs is 50- 60 days which may increase by a few days. It means after every two month, a female dog gives birth to average 4 puppies and they grow into dogs at an age of seven months to one year. “The number of births may increase upto 10 puppies. So, dog population grows 6 times more than human beings where the gestation period is 9 months and one child on an average is born,” said a Science teacher.
“Unknown vehicles containing a bunch of dogs are being put down the vehicles in the market,” he said.
Authorities are in shamble to restrict the canine population, he said.
In past many month’s stray dogs bite dozens including sheeps, goats, cattle, said another local resident.