TRICHY: After facing flak from residents for not doing enough to contain stray dog menace, Trichy corporation on Monday made the city’s second animal birth control (ABC) centre in Konakkarai operational.
As many as 30 stray dogs can be sterilized here every day. The 2,742-square-foot facility has five preoperative and five postoperative wards.
“We are sure that the new ABC facility will improve the efficacy of the stray dogs’ sterilization drive,” an official source with Trichy corporation said.
With at least 15,000 canines identified as stray dogs across the four zones of the city, the Trichy corporation through NGOs was able to neuter only 1,300 to 1,400 stray dogs a year.
As the existing animal birth control centre on Madurai Road was inadequate to sterilize more number of stray dogs, the civic body by February 2018 commenced work on the ABC at Konakkarai at an estimated cost of Rs 93 lakh.
Though the work was expected to conclude by August, it continued till December 2018.
“As the new facility can neuter at least 900 stray dogs per month, we are sure it will improve the efficacy of sterilization drives,” an official source with Trichy Corporation said.
Recently, after a 7-year-old girl was mauled by a pack of stray dogs near Madurai road, locals lamented that sterilization drive did not cover their locality.
The poor pace and coverage of sterilization were attributed to the absence of adequate infrastructure to house and neuter the stray dogs.
The existing ABC centre on Madurai Road near Palakkarai can sterilize only 150 dogs per month.
In 2017-18, 1,301 stray dogs were neutered. Trichy Corporation maintained that the second ABC centre will help tackle the stray dog menace in the city.