It’s high time street dogs were treated with the care and respect they deserve. ALYSHA THARANI
The debate is on. They are the regulars on the street and can be better than those pedigrees if taken good care of. Why do people blame them for attacking after hitting them with a stone first? Where have the animal lovers gone? And why hand them over to the dog catcher only to be killed brutally. It is time to get our moves right. And how? Garbage is the major attraction.
So let us dispose our garbage properly. Vaccinate and sterilize these dogs. Vaccination will terminate any chances of rabies after being bitten and sterilization will prevent these dogs from reproducing. It may sound brutal to terminate their race, but it is better than killing them barbarically. A little care for the stray dogs is what we did at my campus, FLAME, Pune. Over the past two years the debate has been going on as to how to ‘dispose’ the dogs off. There were students like me who didn’t mind them being around and there were the others who wanted them out of the same space. In the first year, there were ten dogs which were under our care, the favourite being Rani.
The second year, there were new dogs, the favourites being Piddi and Mofo. Though these dogs were again domesticated, there were other night wanderers who disturbed the peaceful atmosphere, framing Piddi and Mofo for their crimes.History was to repeat itself but this time in more thoughtful ways. FLAME students like Kritika Kapadia, Kabir Kathpalia, Namrata Anirudh and Kannagi Shanbaug reasoned with the management and got helpful tips from the Blue Cross Society, which works for the welfare of dogs.
They drafted a letter to the management taking responsibility for all their actions and promising no other complaint. After this huge battle, the dogs were vaccinated and sterilized. Kritika says, “a dog free world isn’t possible”, indicating a peaceful coexistence of man and dogs should be aimed at. This can be replicated in all the cities and keep our hands off stray dog blood. “After all these dogs may be a menace but that doesn’t take away their right to live”, says Kavita, a FLAME student.
Alysha is doing her BBA with Liberal Arts at FLAME, Pune.
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