Panbang grappling with dog problem

Dogs: Despite dog population control programmes, Panbang town is seeing an increase in its dog population. The dogs are aggressive too.

Town residents said it has become a problem for the people, especially for the children and those who are new to the town.

Ugyen Tshering, a shopkeeper, said dogs bit both his children and they had to be taken to the Basic Health Unit for treatment. The dogs are reported to have also attacked and eaten calves and chickens.

It is estimated that there are some 200 dogs in the town, residents said.

Livestock officials here conduct dog population control measures every year. “Yet the number keeps growing,” a resident, Nado said.

He added that it is risky walking alone at night. Dogs can be found chasing vehicles in the town and barking all night.

“Parents have to escort their children to school everyday because of the serious dog problem in the town,” Nado said.

Panbang BHU staff said about 60 dog bite cases were reported last year. “Most of them are children,” said a health staff. However, there have been no cases of rabies so far.”

Nima Wangdi | Panbang

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