Tell us if this isn’t smart – city authorities in New Delphi are making more effort to remove stray dogs from the streets by providing them with “jobs” as security guards.
Residents of the Indian capital have been long adopting stray dogs from the streets, giving them the most basic obedience training, feeding them and using those canines as watchdogs in their homes or stores. Those dogs might not be living the luxury life of an American pet, but at least they’re fed, well taken care of and have somebody to look after them. And they aren’t getting euthanized.
Now New Delhi’s authorities are trying to mimic the approach by adopting stray dogs roaming the city streets and getting them to attend a police training school. These pets will serve as a security squad of guard dogs working alongside recently formed “May I Help You” city security force to patrol the streets of the capital.
“If these dogs are going to roam the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corp) area, they might as well work. Our plan is to adopt these strays and train them as guard dogs,” said the chairman of city’s civic body Jalaj Shrivastava, as reported by RawStory.
A group of 40 security officers have already been deployed in the city and they plan to recruit and train up to 700.
The chairman has also confirmed that these strays turned guard dogs will not be conducting any serious security tasks like sniffing for explosives and other dangerous substances. That type of training requires a long, diligent process and specially grown canines and as well as specific breeds.
The authorities are addressing multiple points with this plan. Stray dogs have been a danger to residents, but now it will work the other way around when a canine security squad will be protecting the same residents of New Delhi. In addition, dogs will be trained, fed, vaccinated and given a place to stay.
There were no mentions on how many dogs the city is planning to “employ,” but an older survey has found that the capital had about 260,000 stray dogs roaming the streets back in 2009. Chances are there are significantly more of them today since the law prohibits harming stray dogs who up until now enjoyed the freedom, tasty garbage and barking at everyone around.
“This will engage the street dogs with society and also benefit people,” said an animal rights activist Radha Unnikrishnan.
What’s your opinion?
Do you believe western countries should also try explore a similar approach to dealing with copious amounts of stray dogs instead of euthanizing them?
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