For the past three years, Gautam Buddha Nagar is under the grip of fear of stray dogs. Several incidents of dog bites have been reported regularly including a severe attack on a resident by a pack of 5 stray dogs on the morning of July 18, 2022. With this scenario in view the AOAs and RWAs of more than 50 societies of Noida and Greater Noida came together at Prateek Laurel Society, sector 120 on July 18, 2022, to find solutions to fight the dog menace in Gautam Buddha Nagar.
As gathered by resident bodies, a common problem that exists in all societies is that residents are aggrieved by stray dog menace. However, certain animal lovers continue to feed them and raise their voices if anyone tries to take action against stray dogs. Thus, resulting in a quandary for them.
Joginder Singh, RWA president, Amrapali Zodiac, Meghana Uniyal, Director, Humane Foundation for people and animals, and Ashu Bhatnagar, Editor of a private web portal, came to the front of the meeting to address RWAs and AOAs to find solutions to dog menace in Gautam Buddha Nagar societies.
On Sunday morning, Teena, a resident of Paras Tierra, sector 137, was attacked by 5 stray dogs. She says, “I had gone to the basement when 5 stray dogs attacked me. The dogs have bitten severely on my back. My hand has suffered a severe fracture and the doctors suggest surgery. The estimated cost that the doctor has told me regarding surgery is 80,000. Apart from this, I have to get regular checkups, get admitted to the hospital for 8 days and also get physiotherapy done. It's my request to dog lovers to please not stop the authorities from taking action against to remove dogs as they have attacked many residents."
Gautam Buddha Nagar is under the grip of fear of stray dogs for the past three years. With this in view, AOAs and RWAs of 50 societies of came together to find solutions to dog menace. @Joginde05957128 @ApeNoida @FutecR @PrateekLaurelRW @prabhatvats81 @LikePradeep pic.twitter.com/zkIlphTycf— CitySpidey (@city_spidey) July 19, 2022
Joginder Singh highlighted the problems caused by stray dogs in societies, usually biting people and children. He explained the cases of his society and how he triumphed over them.
To find a solution to dog menace, Singh studied the rules of the Animal Welfare Board of India and based on those rules, they have put up 50 boards inside the society premises. On those 50 boards, he wrote that Feeding of Dog inside the premises is not allowed. At the same time, dog feeders were made outside the society and asked dog lovers to feed them there. Some still had a problem. As a result, an RWA has imposed a fine of Rs 5000 against anyone who feeds dogs at forbidden places inside society.
"All AOA and RWA members have absolute rights to make decisions for the smooth running of the society and we are under no obligation to agree with the unfair demands of the so-called dog lover," says Singh.
Prabhat Vats, President, Prateek Laurel, sector 120 says that a legal battle with anyone who is hampering action against stray dogs is the only way to solve the dog menace problem.
He says, "In a city like Noida where most of us are employed, we do not have time to engage in arguments and would certainly stay away if it comes to filing an FIR. However, since residents are getting harmed, everyone must know the right rules so we do not have to surrender in front of the unfair whims of the 'dog lovers'."
Adding to this, Meghna Uniyal says, "Stray dogs cannot be fed anywhere and where people are living they also have rights, in such a situation when a dog lover activist threatens you with the court, ask them to show the law, and show him the legal rules."
Ashu Bhatnagar says, "Often people accuse the media that they do not give prominence to their news. However, the problem is that the victim is not able to talk much. But the local media in Noida Greater Noida is with you to highlight this problem."
Cityspidey enquired with the spokesperson about how to lead this fight if the society has no AOA.
On this, Meghna Uniyal says, "Where there is No RWA/AOA, people should come forward and form a group and meet the builder and maintenance. They should be aware of the laws. No political pressure can threaten them to let the stray dogs feed inside the society.
For the clarity of Noida residents, we are attaching the laws related to public safety from stray animals displayed in the meeting-
On the issue, CitySpidey also heard the views of some dog lovers and feeders. A resident of Paras Tierra and a dog lover, who wishes to be anonymous says, "We, the animal feeders are not against humanity. However, the strays who have been born here are as much a part of society as we. We do not think the stray who belong here are a threat to society. Coming to the reality, as of now, no dog feeding spots have been set in society. Charging strays with sticks is not the solution as that would only make them violent. The solution is to treat them well so that an amicable environment can be created for all. If bodies truly want to solve the problem, they must set up dog feeding spots, mark the in-house dogs, sterilize and vaccinate the dogs as per government's Animal Birth Control law and discourage entry of outside dogs." She alleges that dog lovers are being targeted throughout Noida societies. "We are ready to work with authorities to ensure safety and harmony for all."