Shimla: The Shimla Municipal Corporation has decided to leash the problem of stray dogs without putting a bite on the residents. But animal lovers say such schemes lack compassion for raising an orphaned one that requires some time, money and work if they really want to help the new arrival grow up healthy and happy.
Adopt a stray and don’t pay for the household waste appears to be its motto of the Shimla civic body as it has exempted collection of garbage fees from those who adopt a stray dog. So far many residents have stepped in and 155 dogs got new ‘shelters’.
This scheme, launched in November last, will help to ensure the streets of this popular hill resort, once the summer capital of British India, free of stray dogs.
The stray dogs have been adopted by residents and various social and charitable organizations said municipal corporation veterinary officer Neeraj Mohan.
According to rough estimates, there are 2,000 to 2,500 stray dogs within the municipal limits of Shimla.
In localities like the Mall Road, the Ridge, Jakhu, Tutikandi, Summer Hill, Tutu, Boileauganj, Chhota Shimla, Sanjauli and Khalini, it is common for free-roaming dogs to growl at pedestrians in a menacing manner especially during the night. (IANS)
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