GUJRANWALA - There is an alarming surge in dog bite cases in Gujranwala city as on Thursday alone, almost 12 people fell prey to dog bites separately, it has been learnt.

The victims shifted to District Headquarters Hospital include: three-year-old Amir, a resident of Trigarri, Danish, 10, of Colony Faiz Ahmad Khan, Hamza, 14, of Niaz Colony, Ehtesham, 16, of DC Road, Zaigham Ali, 17, of Ladhaywala Warraich, Muhammad, 18, of Sialkot Road area, Faisal, 19, of Bukhari Colony, Asmatullah, 40, of Qila Didaar Singh, Ejaz, 42, of Nowshehra Road, Bahadur, 47, of Rahwali and Muhammad Khan, 55, of Khayali Bypass.

Stray dogs loiter in every market and street of the city and are seen sprinting towards every citizen whom they spot walking alone in the street. Culling of dogs has never been carried out seriously despite continuous rise in the number of casualties due to dog bites. A large number of such cases are reported almost daily, of which a many have succumbed to bites because of developing rabies so far.

The virus carrying saliva of the animal causes rabies which if not treated properly, affects the central nervous systems and victims of such bite have to be immediately vaccinated. Once exposed to the disease, the victim’s survival is impossible. The increasing number of stray dogs indicates the department’s apathetic attitude and it seems that they are least interested in giving attention towards the issue, which is of great public concern.

“You can see flocks of stray dogs loitering in every market and street of the localities threatening pedestrians” said Ahmad, a resident of Ratta Road while talking to TheNation. “The departments concerned must take an action of the issue instead of putting the liability of killing stray dogs on other departments’ shoulders.” For official version, District Coordination Officer Syed Najam Ahmad Shah could not accessed despite repeated attempts by this scribe.