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Keller Chowan residents complain increased number in canine population

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Say stray dogs have made lives of people miserable

Shopian: The increasing numbers of stray dogs in Keller sub division of south Kashmir’s Shopian district has become a cause of grave concern for the inhabitants of the area.
Residents of Chowan Keller said that the problem has assumed a serious dimension with concerned authorities turning a deaf ear to the public outcry.
They said that every where pack of dogs can be seen on the prowl in the area causing inconvenience to general public especially to the children and women folk.
Increasing number of these stray dogs are posing a grave threat to the life of people and the movement of people, especially children, elders and women has become difficult during morning and evening hours, a local resident said.
“My minor daughter was bitten by stray dogs few weeks back and in the last one or two months over a dozen people were injured in the area after they were bitten by dogs,” she said.
“A day before, a woman was injured by a rabid dog in her front yard and this depicts that people aren’t even able to come out of our houses,” Shakeel Ahmad, a local resident said.
People have alleged that the mysterious rise in dog population was due to their transportation from urban areas during night hours and have appealed the concerned authorities to tackle the menace at an earliest for the convenience of the people.
“It has become difficult during morning and evening hours to move at ease,” said another local, adding, “due to large number of dogs, people especially elderly and children feel unsafe in venturing out of their lawn,” he said.
“We have brought this issue into the notice of higher ups several times but to no avail,” the locals said.
“Dozens of times concerned authorities were informed regarding this serious issue who assure action but on ground nothing is being done,” they said.
The residents have now appealed the concerned authorities especially District Magistrate Shopian to take immediate steps to tackle the menace at an earliest.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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