The alarming rise in dog bites in India has become a reason for concern. The recent attack of a pet dog biting a minor boy inside the lift of a Ghaziabad society has sparked widespread outrage, compelling the relevant authorities to take appropriate action. Earlier on July 12, a heartbreaking case from Lucknow came to light. In which a pitbull mauled and murdered his mistress. According to statistics, rabies alone kills 20,000 people in India each year. That equates to approximately 36% of all cases worldwide. According to the data, over 14.50 lakh people were bitten by animals between January 2022 and July 2022. If the current trend continues, this figure will exceed 24 lakhs by 2022. In 2021, 17 lakh people will have been victimised.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that India has the greatest percentage of rabies deaths in the world. Every year, approximately 18,000-20,000 individuals died. This represents approximately 36% of all mortality globally. According to the WHO, dogs are responsible for 99 percent of rabies cases in humans. The most concerning aspect of rabies deaths in India is that 30-60% of those killed are youngsters under the age of 15. In terms of offering reimbursement for deaths and injuries caused by dog bites, there is as of now no such legislation at the federal level. Kerala is the only state in the country where a compensation committee has been formed.
Meanwhile, the central government is implementing a plan to eliminate rabies in the country by 2030. According to information provided by the government in Parliament, the population of stray dogs in the country was approximately 1.2 crore in 2019. The states with the most stray dogs are Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh.
Lets have a look on the dog bites terrors across India
1.Terror in Ghaziabad
A schoolboy was attacked by a dog in the viral video from Charms Castle in Rajnagar Extension, Ghaziabad, and the woman stood in her place holding the leash.
2.Pit Bull terror
Sushila Tripathi, an 82-year-old retired teacher from Lucknow, died after being injured by her son’s pet pitbull dog. The autopsy revealed that she died as a result of excessive blood loss caused by 12 severe wounds to her neck and abdomen.
3.Stray dogs attack
A Paras Tierra resident was seriously injured with a fracture on her right arm and bite marks after five dogs attacked her while she was walking the basement of her society.
4. Pet Dog Bite Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Tension gripped a residential colony in the capital city of Odisha on Wednesday after a pet dog allegedly bit a kid there. Following the incident, a police complaint was lodged at Infocity police station while argument continued between animal lovers and residents of the colony throughout the day. The dog was sent out of the said colony after Police intervention.
Precautionary measures that can help avoid such brutal incidents
1. Recognize physical requirements
One of the primary causes of dog attacks is a lack of training for both dogs and owners. Inadequate training and insufficient exercise are both factors that contribute to such attacks. Owners usually take their dogs for a few short walks around their colonies. This could be insufficient physical activity for them. In addition, most dogs may require small spaces to be in control of them or their owners.
2. Take note of behaviors
Dogs are usually adaptable, and they can cope with the routine and monotony that pet owners subject them to. Owners are unable to determine whether or not their dogs are content. Excessive hyperactivity, jitteriness, depression, excessive barking, and restlessness are the most obvious symptoms. If your dog is lying down but not sleeping or resting, it will essentially exhibit all of the problematic behaviors that could be caused by a lack of physical and mental exercise.
3. Register your pet.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has urged owners to register their pets and issued a warning for noncompliance due to an increase in the number of dog bite cases in the national capital area. According to senior officials in the MCD’s veterinary division, the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act requires pet dogs to be registered with the local government.
4. Sufficient stimulation
Every breed, whether a pitbull, a beagle, or a german shepherd, has an extremely high exercise requirement, and their dissatisfaction with not getting enough mental or physical exercise can result in attacks. The best way to reduce stress in pet dogs is to provide them with as much physical and mental stimulation as possible while also meeting the breed’s inherent needs. To accomplish this, investigate how much physical activity and mental stimulation a breed requires on a daily basis.
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