One city, one month and 16,000 victims…

The scorching heat in Prayagraj has broken the record of 138 years. The temperature of the city has reached 48.8 degrees. Not only humans but also mute animals are troubled by this scorching heat. Dogs are most affected by the heat. Dogs become aggressive and the incidents of dog bites have increased so rapidly in the city that even anti-rabies injections are becoming less frequent.

According to the data of the National Anti Rabies Control Program, in April 2024, 12,333 people were bitten by dogs in Prayagraj alone. This time in the month of May, this figure has increased to more than 16 thousand. That is, more than five hundred people are being bitten by dogs every day in the city. Whereas in May so far, more than 9 thousand cases of heatstroke have been reported in government hospitals. Obviously, the heat is changing the behavior of dogs and making them angry.

In one year, 1 lakh 42 thousand 80 people were bitten by dogs

Talking about last year, in the financial year 2023-24, one lakh 42 thousand 80 people lost their teeth due to dogs. Out of these, 3832 are pets and 8501 are street dogs. The weather affects the behavior of dogs very quickly. According to experts, extreme cold-hot, rainy and hot weather affects the behavior of dogs. Dogs remain depressed during winter, but become aggressive in summer.

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Street dogs are more troubled in summer

Dr. Varun Kwatra explains that cortisol hormone increases rapidly in dogs during summer. It is a stress hormone. Due to its rapid increase, the dog starts behaving abnormally, due to which the dog becomes aggressive. He says that one thing has been observed that street dogs are more troubled in the heat than domestic dogs. Because the way a pet dog is taken care of, similarly a street dog has to suffer in the heat, due to which it becomes aggressive. Street dogs are the reason for 96 percent of dog bites in Prayagraj.

Nagar Nigam will start Operation Dog

To deal with the increasing incidents of dog bites, the Municipal Corporation Prayagraj is going to run Operation Dog. Animal Welfare Officer of Municipal Corporation Prayagraj, Vijay Amritraj, says that the number of stray dogs in the city has reached more than 10 thousand. The animal birth control system is also working, but their number is not decreasing yet. Now a plan is being worked on to run Operation Dog. Under this operation, a campaign will be run to sterilize the stray dogs of the city.

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