PMC taking dogs for sterilisation
Catching dogs for sterilisation
Sterilisation at private clinic
Street dogs are almost always harmless. In fact they serve as watchdogs for the lane or society as they bark at suspicious strangers entering the territory at night. They also keep the rat population in control. However there have been occasional cases of aggression towards humans due to which people regard all stray dogs as a ‘menace’.
This problem has to be understood before it can be tackled. Stray dogs get aggressive under two circumstances – when a male is moving in a pack during the mating season and when a female is guarding her pups.
Eliminating these two causes can reduce attacks on humans by dogs.
THERE ARE NO “QUICK FIX SOLUTION” TO STRAY DOGS
There is no “Quick Fix solution” to stray dogs. If there was one, it would have
worked hundreds of years ago, and stray dogs would have become extinct.
Stray dogs breed and live in and around human habitations – wherever there are
people there are dogs.
Efforts to completely rid territories of strays, or ‘throwing away’ or otherwise
harming their young, does not usually have the desired effect. This is primarily
because vacated territories which are vacuums are always taken up by other
dogs – there are too many of them. This cycle continues and the only way to stop
it to “domesticate” the dogs that are already present in your area and get them
sterilized and vaccinated. These dogs will guard your area from other dogs
which may be rabid or unsterilised.
RATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SOLUTION
A rational, scientific, but slower solution to the problem of stray dogs has been
recommended by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), and has been
demonstrated to be the only effective solution.
The W.H.O. recommends systematic sterilization, vaccination and community level adoption of dogs for effectively reducing dog population and aggression in dogs, and eliminating the risk of rabies.
Relocating stray dogs is not recommended. Dogs are released back in the areas they
were picked up from, because they guard their territories and prevent other (possibly un-sterilized, un-vaccinated) dogs from coming in. This also serves to keep the dog population in a community in check.
Dogs may bite when,
• they perceive aggression on your part, such as a raised stick, or bending to pick a
• if you try to touch/catch them,
• in a bid to protect their owner’s, or their own territory, or their food/source of
• mothers may bite to protect their young ones.
Simple tips for those who fear dogs.
Be calm and confident in the presence of dogs
Do not run when you see a stray dog, or walk too fast. Do not stare at them. Just let
them be – they’ll let you be.
World wide statistics reveal that pet dogs are far more prone to biting than are strays.
Dogs are classified as companion animals. They are usually friendly to humans, and
are almost always more scared of you than you are of them.