Kashmir News Trust #KNT
Due to the non-seriousness of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) much-hyped Dog Birth Control program has come to halt.
“There was a Memorandum of Understanding between SMC and AWBI but both the parties didn’t fulfill their commitment. Both these parties showed non-seriousness and as a result, the program came to halt in December.” An official told News Agency Kashmir News Trust on the condition of anonymity.
According to reports, Dog Birth Control program was started in May last year and till December when it was stopped, nearly 1000 dogs were sterilized. An official told KNT that ‘during the sterilization program, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) tried their best to find loopholes in our work but they could not succeed and finally they realized that SMC and AWBI were not serious in tackling this problem and henceforth they stopped visiting sterilization centre.’
Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Dr Gulam Nabi Qasba termed the plummeting temperatures in Kashmir as the main cause for halting this process.
“We are pretty serious on sterilization of canines and have spent crores of rupees on building relevant infrastructure,’ he said and added that the SMC has established a sterilization centre at Shuhama Tangapora, trained vets and other staff on dog catching methods.
He said that the seriousness of SMC in this regard is incomparable to any other Corporation in India. [KNT]