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From March 2020 onwards, after lockdown, the visible number of hungry, sick and new street dogs in Bangalore has increased. Packs of dogs unable to find food because normal life has halted and regular feeders are missing. The problem ought to be tackled by the government, but it’s not. Many resident groups are pitching in and working overtime to feed, treat, and care for these dogs including ABC (Animal Birth Control) and ARV (Anti Rabies Vaccine) programmes.
What’s the best and most practical way of dealing with this fact of life?
Ramjee Chandran is the editor of Explocity.com and chronicler of Bangalore news and events for over 30 years now. He is owned by two street dogs.
Priya Chetty Rajagopal
A vocal resident of Bangalore, her well-documented activism includes #SteelFlyoverBeda, #HeritageBeku and overseeing more than 15 canine Whatsapp squads who rescue and care for street dogs in a hyperlocal manner. She set up Cubbon Park Canines and is spearheading in the effort to stop traffic from entering Cubbon Park. She is Managing Partner at Multiversal Advisory.
Thomas is well-known for her jazz singing and as the former VP of Explocity.com. She has written several books. Her latest, ‘Dog Tails’ was gifted to CARE so that all proceeds can go to the treatment and upkeep of animals at Sudha Narayan’s shelter. Thomas takes care of several street dogs in the Cooke Town area.
Narasimhan heads Venkatraman Associates, a leading architecture firm in the city. He is an activist, an urbanist, an accelerator of startups and is highly sought after as a speaker on city planning. He also feels strongly that street dogs should not be allowed to roam the streets freely. Although he has no objection to pet dogs, he believes that those who feed street dogs and promote their presence in public spaces are endangering human life.
A criminal lawyer, who is a Partner at TSA Legal, Bangalore. Sebastian specialises in animal rights law and has been working as a legal consultant with CUPA, WRRC and PFA Bangalore for the past 4 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in law and a Post Graduate Diploma in animal protection laws.
Dr. Shinde is a well-known veterinary doctor based in Bangalore, practising for over 25 years in several hospitals and clinics. He has been a member of Karnataka Veterinary Association. received his BVSc and MVSc from the Veterinary College, Bangalore. He is In-charge of Stray Dog management at the BBMP.
Narayan has been in animal welfare for the past 30 years. She was a trustee with CUPA from 1996-2012. She helped in setting up the CUPA Shelter in the Veterinary College and the Large Animal Rescue Centre at Kengeri. She is also the Founder Trustee of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre and has been personally involved in the rehabilitation of numerous urban wildlife like primates, birds and reptiles. In January 2013 she set up a shelter cum hospital for animals called Charlies Animal Rescue Centre – CARE at Yelahanka Bangalore.