The animal husbandry department of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will conduct a survey in Bengaluru to assess the current population of street dogs in the city.
In the previous survey conducted in 2019, it was revealed that the city was home to nearly 300,000 street dogs.
On Monday, The BBMP confirmed that its animal husbandry department is conducting sterilization surgeries and anti-rabies vaccination programs for stray dogs as part of their efforts to control the stray dog population and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases like rabies.
The civic body highlighted that the ongoing initiatives have been consistently implemented since 2019 across eight zones of the corporation. These initiatives involve castration surgeries and anti-rabies vaccinations to effectively manage the stray dog population. The survey aims to provide crucial data, including the total count of stray dogs within the jurisdiction of the BBMP, differentiating between male and female dogs. It will also assess the percentage of stray dogs that have undergone sterilization, the ratio of human-to-street dogs, and present a ward-wise distribution of stray dogs.
Following a comprehensive 14-day survey, Dr. KP Suresh, the principal scientist (Biostatistics) at ICAR-NIVEDI, will compile and submit the consolidated information to the civic body. The information collected through the survey will remain confidential and accessible only to authorized officers and staff, strictly prohibiting public access.
The BBMP had previously announced the use of drones for the first time in conducting the dog census in the city. As part of a hybrid approach, drones will be employed to survey areas near water bodies and in remote locations to record the number of dogs. In other areas, survey teams will collect the necessary data through on-ground efforts.