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Strays still threaten joggers in Kozhikode

Strays still threaten joggers in Kozhikode

Strays at the Kozhikode beach on Tuesday. (Photo: DC)

KOZHIKODE: Stray dogs continue to bite the unsuspecting people, though a few are lucky to escape the curse. On Tuesday, a woman professional went alone for her morning walk a bit late without her friends on Butt Road beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the district. She was surrounded by a pack of stray dogs but as advised by the fishermen on the beach, she lay down and escaped their attack.

The data of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) centre at civil station show that in December alone, 595 cases of dog bites were recorded in the district, while it was 508 in November and 602 in October. Though the Animal Birth Control (ABC) project was slated to begin last year, it is yet to start.
Corporation secretary Mrinmayi Joshi said that they were working for the speedy implementation of the project.

“The stray dog menace is directly connected to the waste management issue in the corporation limits. Both have to be handled simultaneously. Talks are on to start a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in each ward, where they can deposit waste that can be auctioned,” said Ms Joshi. Since Kudumbasree stopped accepting non-biodegradable waste, the public are openly dumping the waste on the beaches and roadsides. The secretary added that a proposal to set up MRF units in each ward was handed over to the Suchithwa Mission and was under consideration.