The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) annoyed with menace of stray dogs in Kathmandu? Don´t get bothered, as the Kathmandu Metropolitan city (KMC) is all set to launch a campaign to control the stray dogs menace in the capital.
KMC officials said they have reached a deal with a private organization and an NGO in this regard. “We have signed a deal with a private organization to control stray dog menace in all the 35 wards of the capital,” said Narendra Bajracharya, chief of KMC´s Health Department. He said the department, Kathmandu Model Kennel Club and Veterinary Health Research Pvt. Ltd, and an NGO have signed an agreement to control the stray dog menace in the capital.
According to Bajracharya, the club will catch the dogs and keep them in a shelter. “They will not kill these dogs but sterilize female dogs to contain their population,” said Bajracharya. He also informed that the club will conduct a census of domestic dogs and immunize them against rabies free of cost, as per the agreement.
KMC is unaware of the number of stray dogs in its 35 wards. According to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH), over two hundred people get bitten by stray dogs every day. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) provides free anti-rabies vaccines to dog bite patients through STIDH.
“We should have begun this campaign 20 years ago,” says Bajracharya, adding that KMC will also find donors to run the stray-dog shelter.
Chairman of the Kathmandu Model Kennel Club and Veterinary Health Research Pvt. Ltd Dinesh Kumar Shahi informed that they have started taking census of the domestic dogs.
“So we started the census to ensure that domestic dogs do not come out to the streets,” said Shahi. He said his office will keep all the stray dogs in a rehabilitation center and provide them food and treatment. “For that we have decided to build a rehabilitation center at Dahachowk,” he added.
The shelter would be built in three ropanis of land. Shahi informed that the club will shelter 1,500 dogs in first phase and coordinate with donors and local bodies to run the center.
Male and female dogs will be kept separately. He informed that employees, including vets, will be hired to look after the dogs. He also said that injured and ailing dogs will be kept separately.
According to the club´s estimate, there are around 100,000 stray dogs in 35 wards of the capital.