Greater Noida: Agitated residents of Spring Meadows, Greater Noida West staged a protest on the cold night of January 16, 2022, due to the increasing cases of dog bites in the society. On the same day, a few stray dogs had attacked the three residents in the society premises. More than 100 residents were present in the protest. As per the residents, about 20 cases of dog bite have been reported in the housing society in the last one year.
Residents raised their voice in front of the maintenance team demanding that the stray dogs in the society premises should be managed. Meanwhile, police also had to intervene in this matter. Residents shared that there are six stray dogs in the society premises. They say that there are some residents who feed them which is acceptable. However, due to this, dogs attack on some residents for food, and that is where the problem lies.
Residents shared that the children are afraid to go outside in the society premises. Moreover, many residents have to go outside with sticks in their hands to protect themselves from the stray dogs. On this subject, Prakash Godda (52), says "The stray dogs have attacked me twice now, once last year, and second time just two days before the protest. These dogs are a threat for pregnant ladies, children, and senior citizens. No one has listened to us till now. This is why we residents have to come on the street."
Another resident, on the condition of anonymity, says, "We do not have any problem with dogs, but due to the increasing dog bite cases, residents were angry and came on the street. Few residents are feeding them raw meat. Police also came during the protest. Now, we are just hoping that solme solution is found," Vikas Kumar, Maintenance manager of the society says, "During the Covid, stray dogs entered the society and the residents started feeding them. However, in the last one year, they started attacking the residents. We also filed a letter to the CEO Greater Noida Authority."
He added, further," We can not relocate the stray dogs as per the law and we also don't want this. But the reality is that due to increasing cases, the residents are afraid to venture out of their homes in the society premises. Now, again we have raised a complaint with the Authority."