India's Outrageous Dog Bite Problem
Ahmedabad, India - More than 200 dog bites were reported in Ahmedabad in a single day and 16 people have died of dog bites in last four years. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) authorities has so far turned a blind eye to the grim situation. Congress corporators protested against the apathetic approach of AMC in controlling the dog menace in the city during a recent Health committee meeting of AMC.
Imran Khedawala, said, "The standing committee of AMC has passed the proposal for dog sterilization in the city in July last year. But none of the organizations which have been handed over the sterilization project have started their work. AMC authorities are hardly bothered about the increasing number of dogs on the street which are a potential danger roaming the streets."
In 2007, there were about 80,000 dog bite cases reported from the three major hospitals run by the AMC. However, many other such cases of dog bites at private hospitals go unreported. Interestingly, AMC spends over Rs 3 crore in procurement of rabies injection. (We have no idea what "Rs 3 crore" means, except that the AMC is spending too few or too many dollars in rabies vaccinations.)
It appears this India town (population of 4.5 million), and likely many other India towns, is swarming with loose, unsterilized dogs. It also appears officials have been neglectful in dealing with the problem. Hopefully pit bulls and other fighting breeds have not been imported into the country. Adding these breeds into the already chaotic and dangerous situation would undoubtedly result in human injury on a massive scale.