Stray dogs not being allowed in the posh housing complexes of Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida is common but a different tradition survives elsewhere in the Capital. In Sangam Park area near Rana Pratap Bagh, families and a flock of stray dogs have been living in harmony for long.
A pack of eight dogs had been manning the colony’s security, keeping it safe from crimes. But their vigil didn’t last long. Apparently, to get the canines out of their way, burglars and thieves have started attacking them and killing them so they can do their business without fear. Brutality has escalated to a huge extent – tormented, tortured flayed and even beheaded – the NCR has become an intolerant place for stray dogs.
In August, seven puppies were killed in a housing society in Dwarka. Few months back, Delhi even saw a “dog-eat-dog” scenario. In Shalimar Bagh, residents were allegedly paying Pitbull owners to get stray dogs killed in their locality. Residents in housing societies argue that in gated townships, where space is an issue and security is not, stray dogs are not welcome. Fair enough. But for all other residents of the urban sprawl that is Delhi, strays continue to guard their localities often even without their knowledge. Carry on barking!