Chennai: Do you want to feed a stray dog? Register with the corporation

CHENNAI: The city corporation has urged dog lovers, animal welfare activists and NGOs and anyone involved in feeding community dog s to register with it, saying it had received several complaints from residents’ associations about the activity inconveniencing others.

Corporation officials said some residents had complained of the area where community dog s are fed being littered. “They (animal lovers) are well within their rights to feed these community dog s. We are seeking this information only to add to our database so that we can work together with them in ensuring the welfare of the community animals. Also, we will issue them an advisory to follow while feeding dog s so that there is no conflict with residents,” said Dr Kamal Hussain, city veterinary officer, Chennai corporation.

Another official said that they wanted to get in touch with individuals or groups that dog s so that some advisory can be given... “Instead of explaining to the residents who complain, it is better to appeal to those who feed the community dog s,” he added.

The veterinary officer said that individuals and NGOs can also help the civic body in identifying stray dog s affected by skin diseases and those that are yet to be neutered. It will help in the civic body’s ‘rabies free city’ campaign. As on date, a total of 62,266 stray dog s have been administered antirabies vaccine, he said.

Authorities said work was pending only in Thiruvottiyur (Zone 1) and Kodambakkam (Zone 10).

In 2019, officials of Greater Chennai Corporation had launched the rabiesfree campaign in Madhavaram (Zone-3), where 8,846 dog s were administered the vaccines. The drive was soon extended to other zones. Madhavaram and Ambattur (Zone 7) together have more than 8,000 community dog s, the most in the city, while the least number of dog s are in Royapuram (Zone 5) — 2,759.

After vaccination, the dog s will be marked with vegetable dye so that the same dog is not caught again. Dog lovers and NGOs have been asked to register with the civic body before January 15 at [email protected]