As the stray dogs menace has increased in the city, to speed up the neutering process, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to erect four ponds at different sites in the city.PMC has made a budgetary provision of Rs 1.5 crore to erect four ponds for stray dogs in different parts of the city.
As per the PMC’s records there are around 40,000 stray dogs in the city. The PMC was able to neuter 30,500 dogs till August 2012. At present, sterilisation is only on at two places, Naidu Hospital and Keshavnagar.
There has been a steady increase in the number of dog bite cases over the years. There were 4,281 cases in 2006 which rose to 6,560 cases in 2007, 9,645 in 2008, 12,539 in 2009, 11,523 in 2010 and 12,840 cases in 2011.
The PMC is not allowed to kill the stray dogs and so, the civic body catches them and neuters them and then releases the dogs. Considering this, the civic body has decided to increase the ponds to speed up neutering of stray dogs