12 years on, MBMC yet to recruit a veterinary doctor for city
Bhayandar : The recent incidents in Bhayandar, where dozens of dogs were ruthlessly poisoned to death, has once again exposed the pathetic condition of strays and the apathy of civic administration towards the woes of voiceless animals in the city.
Although the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has no exact head count of stray as well as pet animals, their population has been proliferating in the region. Spread across an area of 79.4 sqkm, the twin-city has been a regular witness to animal hit-and-runs, cruelty as well as cases of owners abandoning their pets at public places. The rise in cases of stray animals succumbing to wounds and illness has aggravated only due to MBMC’s gross insensitivity towards the unattended issue. The negligence can be gauged by the fact that the MBMC has just one animal shelter (Kondwada) in Bhayandar to accommodate the strays.
With virtually zero facilities including sterilisation, vaccination and treatment, this shelter operating with a skeletal staff is devoid of even basic necessities. In another startling revelation, the post of the much needed veterinary doctor is lying vacant for the past 14 years in the MBMC. In fact, since the post was created in 2012, when the civic body was elevated from council to corporation, the administration has not cared to recruit a veterinary doctor on its pay roll, nor appoint one on a contract basis for the lone animal shelter. This despite the fact that the MBMC spends lakhs every year by appointing private agencies to run its dog sterility clinic in Uttan towards the implementation of the Animal Birth Control project since 2004. The registration scheme launched in 2011 to obtain a license to keep pet dogs at home is also in a limbo.