- Stray dog population decreased across the country
- Dogs have decreased the most in UP
- Not a single dog in some parts of the country
Street Dogs: The population of stray dogs on India’s roads has come down to 153 million in 2019, from 1.71 million in 2012. This information has been given to Mangalawar in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Purushottam Rupala. Answering the question of Congress leader Thomas Chajikadani from Kerala, Manakshi has released these figures. The figures have been released citing livestock census conducted two years ago.
18 lakhs: Between 2012-2019, the population of stray dogs across the country has decreased by 10 percent and has come down to 18 lakhs.
21 lakhs: Stray dogs are the least in Uttar Pradesh. This figure has come down from 41.79 lakh in 2012 to 20.59 lakh in 2019, that is, 21 lakh dogs have been reduced.
3.7 lakhs: The state where Uttar Pradesh has the largest population of stray dogs is Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana). There were 12.3 lakh stray dogs in 2012, which came down to 8.6 lakh in 2019. Out of the 17 states where the number of stray dogs is 1 lakh or more, their population has decreased in 8. Apart from UP and Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), the other six states were: Bihar (decline by 3.4 lakh), Assam (3 lakh), Tamil Nadu (2 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (2 lakh), Jharkhand (98,000) and West Bengal. (17 lakhs).
2.6 lakhs: This is due to the increase in the number of dogs in the streets of Karnataka. Which is more than any other state. Among the top 17 states, Rajasthan has 1.25 lakh and Odisha (87,000), Gujarat (85,000), Maharashtra (60,000), Chhattisgarh (51,000), Haryana (42,000), Jammu and Kashmir (38,000), and Kerala (21,000).
0: Neither of the two livestock censuses in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep mention a single dog on the roads. In the 2019 census, no stray dogs were found in two other states: Dadra and Nagar Haveli Haveli (a steep drop from 2,173 in 2012) and Manipur (where 23 stray dogs were counted in 2012). In Mizoram, the count was zero in 2012; In 2019 it increased to 69.
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