First, MBMC presents the ambulance for stray dogs

In a one-of-a-kind initiative in the district, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) introduced a special mini ambulance to transport injured stray animals, especially dogs to the Twin City. The ambulance which was purchased from Mayor Jyotsna Hasnale’s Development Fund was reported in the main administrative building of the MBMC on Friday.

The decision was made after MBMC veterinarian Vikram Niratle explained to governance and administration the plight of the stray animals due to the unavailability of an ambulance. “Until now, the contract agency relied on a single dog capture van which was also used to transport injured animals and even those brought in for sterilizations.

This has led to some confusion, thus increasing the risk of disease transmission. This essential ambulance will now provide relief to injured stray cats and dogs. Niratle said. Allocations for the purchase of the air-conditioned ambulance were made from the mayor’s fund. In addition to a sterilization center for stray cats and dogs in Shire Gaothan, the private contract agency commissioned by the city administration also operates a clinic for rabies vaccination and treatment of injured dogs.

The clinic treats an average of 55 to 66 stray dogs and cats each month. Following the lines of its Mumbai counterparts, the MBMC included stray cats in the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program where only dogs were sterilized. This is in line with a notification issued by the Commissionerate of Animal Husbandry, following which the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) authorized civic organizations to sterilize stray cats.

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Posted on: Saturday, December 25, 2021, 8:30 p.m. IST

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