India to Put Stray Dogs to Work

New Delhi officials are hoping that the new program will help to alleviate the stray dogs problem. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
New Delhi officials are hoping that the new program will help to alleviate the stray dogs problem. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Authorities in India’s capital city have come up with a great solution to the overwhelming number of stray dogs that roam the streets of New Delhi: They are going to give the pooches jobs!

Law enforcement officials have been corralling the dogs, which will be provided with food, veterinary care and training, after which they will hold positions as public security and guard dogs.

This is part of New Delhi’s new “May I Help You?” security program, which was formed to enhance public safety.

City officials also are in the process of finding homes for the pooches. Many people informally adopt the strays, feed them and put them to work as guard dogs for their homes and businesses. But this is the first such official program of its kind.

Meanwhile, the city will employ up to 700 trainers to work with the dogs.

According to a 2009 survey, there are more than 260,000 homeless dogs roaming the city’s streets. A law passed in 2001 prohibits the killing of stray dogs, which has resulted in a dramatic escalation of the stray population.

New Delhi Civic Chairman Jalaj Shrivastava told The Hindu newspaper, “If these dogs are going to roam the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corp) area, they might as well work.”

Sounds like a doggone great idea to me.

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