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Navi Mumbai: 16,000 Dog Bite Cases Reported In 2023-24

It is pertinent to note that the last dog census was done in 2012 and revealed 29,864 stray dogs and 3110 pet dogs in the city.

Navi Mumbai: 16,000 Dog Bite Cases Reported In 2023-24
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Navi Mumbai has witnessed an alarming rise in the dog bite cases in the last one year especially at night. This has become a major concern for two-wheeler riders and pedestrians in several areas.

According to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), as many as 16,000 dog bite cases were reported in 2023-2024; while 12,656 in 2022-2023. An average of 44 residents are bitten every day in the city.

Last year, 1,345 dogs were sterilised and 7,156 vaccinated. Meanwhile, in the last eight years, 18,765 dogs were sterilised while 58,258 were vaccinated.

It is pertinent to note that the last dog census was done in 2012 and revealed 29,864 stray dogs and 3110 pet dogs in the city.

The civic health officer stated a very efficient dog control programme is in place in Navi Mumbai, which is run under Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, as 80% dogs have been sterilised. Additionally, they are always vaccinated against rabies.

The programme includes catching stray dogs, sterilising them, marking their ears, administering anti-rabies vaccine and then releasing them back to their areas.

On the other hand, animal rights activists have contingently blamed citizens stating that dogs do not attack unless provoked. At times, they do so to protect their babies. Besides, stray dogs are also poisoned and attacked by residents.  

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