The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) is all ready to start a census to estimate the stray dog population in the city. The census to be conducted in September. Interestingly, the last census was done 7 years ago in 2012. It was estimated around 2 lakh in 2012.
The civic body has given the task to conduct the census to WVSC (Worldwide Veterinary Service Centre), a UK-based charity that runs a center in Tamil Nadu. The charitable trust has been approved by the Animal Welfare Board of India. They will be conducting the census for free of cost for the civic body.
The BBMP commissioner BH Anil Kumar stated that a special app developed by the WVSC will be used to track the survey data. He also added that 20 enumerators and 5 resight surveyors will be enrolled to collect the data for the census. He further stated the process that will be followed by the enumerator to collect the data. They will be given 10 wards per day and the data will be uploaded in the app in real-time. The BBMP targets to complete the survey in 10 days. The goal is to get geotagged data, as well as ward wise and streetwise data of the stray dog population, will also be calculated.
A senior official from Palike’s animal husbandry wing stated that the dogs will be categorized based on 5 factors – Gender (Male and female), neutered, non-neutered, pregnant. The WVSC will conduct population estimation and share the final number based on extrapolation.
Conducting this survey would help BBMP to come up with a plan to control the stray dog menace in the city that has been prevalent in the last 5 years.
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