Even though the Margao Municipal Council signed an agreement in March 2010 with the South Goa Welfare Trust For Animals (SGWTA) to solve the stray dog menace, nothing much has been done by the civic body to help the NGO. The agreement will complete one year this March and the menace still continues.
The NGO has to face various problems due to lack of co-operation from the council. Most often the amount of Rs. 11,000 paid every month by the Margao Municipal Council towards the fuel charges and the salary of the driver of the dog catching van is delayed inordinately thereby hampering the work of the NGO.
Recently, when the van broke down, the council took nearly a month to repair and replace the battery. There has also been a delay in implementing the expansion plan to meet the growing requirements under the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program.
SGWTA In-Charge Sandra Fernandes said the NGO is finding it difficult to continue the operations in such circumstances. She also informed that the civic body has still not cleared the payment for the month of December even though nearly half of February is over and there is no sign of the payment for the month of January.
She opined that to implement the ABC program effectively, the civic body should provide a full-time van driver and a dog catching worker which will help in attending calls late night.
Sandra informed that even though the council had promised land for the disposal of animal carcass, nothing has materialized till date.
An official in the civic body pointed out that as per the High Court orders, it is the responsibility of the Council to tackle the stray dog problem and further pointed out that in flagrant disregard to the court order, the council has not even installed the helpline number for people in distress to call.