Residents of more than 400 houses on Navaneethamman Koil Street in Vasanthapuram under ward 58 of Vellore Corporation complain that the stray dog menace in their area has reached an alarming level.
They claimed that the dogs in the area had become ferocious and had bitten more
than six persons last week. Women residents said that they did not allow their children to play outside during the holidays fearing stray dog bite.
The number of stray dogs was high on the Vellore Fort Ring Road, especially at nights, they added.
Stalin, a resident said, “I was bitten by a stray dog a month ago while returning home from work around 8.30 pm.” He added that he had been given three doses of medication.
A Duraiarasan, the councillor of Ward 58, said that more than 100 stray dogs could be spotted in the areas in his ward.
He said that people were afraid to walk on the streets. He said he too feared to step out to check if all the streetlights were burning. He said that he had raised the issue several times in the council meetings, but in vain.
He also noted that stray dogs which had been neutered under the Animal Birth Control Programme had become violent and suggested that the dogs be caught and released in the forest areas.