Sheer doggedness?

Its hard to believe that the man has lassoed ” over a crore ” of dogs in his 49 nine year career.

Meet George Robert, a 65-year-old native of Palakad, now very busy in Bangalore doing what he does best. He is here with his team on an invitation by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike

Obviously he’s not tired chasing and catching the strays for this trade has paid him off so handsomely that he has inducted his sons into it!! Hmmm, I wonder why that ol’ saying about ‘old dogs that cannot be taught new tricks’ pops into my mind at this point. ;)

Here’s the entire story.

– In related news, the BBMP is to have its own dog shelters thereby reducing the dependence on the 4 NGO’s. These proposed shelters will have a total capacity to accommodate 2,000 dogs, while those run by NGOs can hardly accommodate 1,000.

– A PIL has been filed by a Bangalore based resident, Mr. Krishna Bhat, seeking a direction to the authorities to stay the operation of Rule 7 of Animal Birth Control (ABC) rules, dealing with capture, sterilisation, immunisation and release of stray dogs.

– After politicians, its now the Governor on this issue! Governor T N Chaturvedi has written to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, expressing his ‘dismay’ over the manner in which stray dogs are being treated in Bangalore and Mysore.

Who next, I wonder. A little bird tells me that Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, animal rights activist par excellence, has camped in the city and is studying the situation. Watch this space!


9 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Eveyone seems to fetch their Dog-share!!

  2. Yasmine Claire (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    and the hollow and hungry media jumped to write this story. Well! thanks to them this man is on the hate list of thousands, if not crores of people who loved and knew the dogs Geroge Robert killed.

  3. FM (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    Forwarded message regarding Ms. Maneka Gandhi:

    Dog Company Of Maneka Gandhi

    I am shocked to see angry reaction of Maneka Gandhi, Member of Parliament to Bengaluru MC decision to destroy 1000 stray dogs from a people’s representative.

    She must be told that either children or dog play in the residential blocks and the choice has to be children. You cannot lock your children in homes where dogs play on and rule the streets. Already roads are encroached by cars there is no space for stray dogs on streets.

    Her comments are absolute stupid to “vaccinate every dog in Karnataka” when in her state of UP which she represents though she stays mostly in Delhi, Polio Vaccination program has failed for five decades. Indian subcontinent and Nigeria are only places that report polio incidents.

    Her own friends in Delhi in business of dog welfare catch dogs in one area and release them few kilometers away within city. Our RWA president deputed our Chowkidar to make sure dog catchers don’t release them around our area but few returned in no time.

    There are no census and voter cards and there is permanent address for stray Dogs. There is no control over food they eat. So we don’t know the diseases they spread in communities.

    There are already too many dog pets of various breeds in cities that use roadsides for toilet.

    She seeks elections from Pilibhit, a border district of UP but runs her “Dog Company” in Delhi.

    Let people of Bengaluru and government of Karnataka decide how many dogs they need in homes and cities.

    Her lunatic ideas are unacceptable to people of India in dealing with Dogs.

    Even if all stray dogs are sterilized and vaccinated, they can’t be allowed to bite any human. Sterilization will only partly address the problem by reducing their numbers over several years; because you cant build barriers for coming in from outside.

    Stray dogs bite the dogcatchers she hires who recognize dogcatchers and attack them at first sight. It is criminal and in humans to engage people in dog catching activities that too by a people’s representative.

    Dogs move from street to street and may have operating range of few kilometers, there is no way to be sure of dog is sterilized and vaccinated. Some large dogs operate in wide area attacking other stray and pet dogs. They easily climb boundary walls looking for food or chasing other dogs. Since they attack in packs from all sides there is no defence for any unarmed man against them.

    Dogs are dogs it is natural for them to attack any other animal. Over 95% of pet dogs attack any strangers or animal that intrude in to their homes.

    My friend has few bulldogs look ferocious though are docile but am scared when they come close, sniff me and stand up on hind legs reaching for my face. One day in my cousins village a sick stray dog attacked me and caught my leg. I stood the ground and my cousin intervened with stick. I was wearing tightly woven trousers so there was not penetration of teeth and I cleaned my leg with soap. Next day dog died.

    Every day dogs attack and bite people of all ages.

    Even monkeys, much less dangerous that are very few in numbers attack people in Delhi and Supreme Court has directed MCD to catch them and release them in MP.

    Karnataka government decision to destroy stray dogs is welcome in not promoting dog catching, releasing, sterilization business and protecting people from dog attacks.

    Ravinder Singh March04, 2007

  4. Sanjay Pandey (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    @Ravi, that is a lot diatribe for nothing.

    In Bangalore what we are witnessing is knee jerk reaction of administration and populace to a problem which they themselves have created.

    The bigger picture is being lost in this mayhem and which will force its way up a couple of years down the line.

    This scenario is symbolic in the sense that it denotes everything which is wrong in the current interaction between man and nature.

    None of us (including the govt.) is trying to analyse that why this particular scenario erupted in the first place. What we are doing is providing painkiller for cancer. Rest assured, the patient (Bangalore city) will die if this continues.

    It does not matter if some dogs are killed or otherwise. What really matters is that natural habitat of many animals, birds and insects is being systematically destroyed.

    Net result is the changing ecology of bangalore.

  5. Chitra (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    Ravi is getting really good at this, huh? Everything is dog oriented. :) Doggone, Doggedness, Dogs of war, canine war cry etc. I wonder what will his word be for tomorrow? ;)

  6. jellicles (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm


    meanwhile..this guy..this george he a crorepathy dog catcher? forget about 50 bucks a dog..he must be saving at least 1 rupee out of the 50, no? I am sure TOI will jump on it..werent they the one who questioned if ABC works because 50+ thousand didnt seem like a plausible number..i am sure some folks here will recall that article….

  7. Yasmine Claire (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    No one is saying children cannot play.We are talking of adult responsibility here. Mr. Ravinder Singh, if you have, and I am assuming that you are, making such statements, that you have visited the BEMEL area where Manjunath was attacked by the dogs, you will agree that no on with a sense of responsibility leaves a four year old child unsupervised in that area. There is no playground where Manjunath was playing. So please! do not even use that as an argument. The whole area is piled with knee deep garbage. There were wild shrubs all over. Litter can be seen right from Manjunath’s doorstep to as far as the eye can see. This alone was a health risk. This alone was a breeding ground for disease.And if you have not been to BEML where Manjunath lived, please do not shoot words mindlessly.

    Numerous risks are faced while children play. These are reduced if adults are around to supervise. Would you leave you four year old long enough , with no one around, till it was too late? Do not forget Noida has cannibalistic pedophiles!!

    And why not vaccinate every dog in Karnataka? The WHO had launched an oral anti rabies vaccine in Bangalore just a month ago. Why nit make use of that? Made India rabies free. Was smallpox eradicated by killing all the people who had smallpox? Is AIDS being eradicated by killing everyone who is HIV+?

    Are you an authority on Maneka Gandhi’s ideas? Done a survey and indepth study of her methods? You have personally undertaken a research into this? Please keep your loose talk to yourself.

    And go control all the HUMANS who use the road for their toilet. You can get more diseases from human shit than you can from dog shit.

  8. Shwanarbhata (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    George Robert should open a dog catching school!! It will help a few young men to get jobs and livelihood.

    Is it legal to export dogs? There is a lot of demand in eastern Asia ;-) More forex for the country!!

  9. Richa Asthana Prakash (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    Mr Ravinder Singh, what are you? Stupid????

    Put a lid on man! Ever heard of The Pulse Polio Program? I doubt it (what with you being so busy an all that analyzing maneka gandhi!) Pulse Polio strives to vaccinate countless number of small kids against polio…and succeeds to a high degree…What confounded logic of yours says the same can’t be done in sterilizing dogs?

    Jellicle…thanks for responding to the irritation that erupts from Mr. S’s diatribe in better words

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