Stray dogs menace is a big issue in Okhla with Jamia Nagar residents seen talking about it. A report by Ahmad Belal.
However, for years they have given up as no action was taken against stray dogs by the authorities. However, on Monday many residents were left surprised when they saw people running to catch stray dogs with a stick.
In Abul Fazal Enclave, an animal ambulance was seen roaming around to catch stray dogs.
One of the workers, who requested not to be quoted, said: “It was an order issued by the MCD to catch the stray dogs for sterilisation purpose and inject them anti-rabies vaccine.”
Also, he said these procedures will take nearly two days and after that captured dogs will be released.
For a while there was traffic snarl in AFE when official animal catchers were seen running to get hold of one dog with many residents standing around watching the climax until the dog was caught with its neck and caged in the ambulance to be taken.
Residents of Okhla still remember how a few years ago, a boy was killed by stray dogs in Noor Nagar with a lot of political hue and cry over the issue. Then a few campaigns were launched in the locality for catching stray dogs. However, the stray dogs issue was not resolved in the locality with instances of dog bites being reported on and off.
Shehzad Khan, who was once bitten by a stray dog, said one can easily find many stray dogs in Jamia Nagar and very little is done to address the menace.
The situation in some lanes of Jamia Nagar is such that children think twice to go out of their homes due to fear of stray dogs. “There are many dogs in my locality and I am really worried about my children who come alone from schools. My worry has increased after I was told that how a small boy a few months ago was bitten by stray dogs in the locality,” said a mother requesting not to be named.