PONDA: Today, with around 5000 dog population in Ponda and surrounding Panchayat, people are scared to go out for morning or evening walks, and there are chances of dog bite cases to children from stray dogs.
At Ponda Hospital, for the past many years, monthly average there are 50 to 60 cases of dog bites cases are reported, while there is growing demand from people to control the stray dog menace in every Panchayat.
The People for Animal ( PFA) NGO working at Curti Ponda for treatment, sterilisation, and anti-rabies vaccination stressed the need for more government financial support and land for Hospitals for stray dogs. A 5000 square metre land essential for shed. Presently PFA Working in Animal Husbandry land.
If we look at The Ponda Sub District Hospital, records show more than 50 to 60 dog bite cases every month. Against this backdrop, there is a need to control the stray dog population .
Tejan Naik, in charge of PFA, said since 2002, the PFA has been dedicated to providing service to society and contributing to treating stray dogs.
He said if the government provided more support, they would be in a better position to provide service to people. He said at present government gives financial assistance of Rs 980 per stray dog for sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccination.
“So far, We conducted sterilisation on 2261 stray dogs, and an equal number of anti-rabies vaccines are also given to them. In our dog Shelter home, After sterilisation and vaccination, we mark V shape cuts on the ears of sterilised male and female dogs and drop them where they were picked up,” he said.
According to Tejan, PFA started sterilisation, and rabies vaccination in PMC jurisdiction, Borim, Kundaim, Bhoma, Savoiverem, Kavlem and presently started in Bandora. Besides this, sterilisation is needed in other Panchayats in Ponda Taluka.
He also said that people should cooperate with PFA members in catching stray dogs as they run away soon with they vehicle of PFA.
He said around 14 staff members are working for PFA, which includes the doctors, eight employees to catch dogs and other staff.
“We struggle to meet the monthly expenses of staff. The government aid of Rs 980 per dog sterilisation is not sufficient for our salary; however OPD run by us to treat private dogs and hospitalisation helps us to meet expenses, but that is not sufficient. We need more financial backing and even donations from the Public to make them free from dog menace,” he said.