Muscat’s residents dogged by stray canines menace

Stray dogs should be prevented from entering residential areas as they cause a lot of inconvenience to people. Ismail Al Wahaibi/ Times of Oman

Muscat: Stray dogs in residential areas of the city have become a menace for the city residents, and many who chose to spend the long Eid Al Fitr vacation at home soaked in the blissful domesticity of life, complained that the canines spoiled some of their joy.

The residents, both Omanis and expatriates, particularly those living in Ghubra, Azaiba, and parts of Al Khuwair, Seeb and Ruwi made clear their disgust at the presence of packs of stray dogs in open areas.

Often such dogs make it difficult for them to go out in the open to have a good time.

Khalid Al Ka'bi, a resident of Al Khuwair, said that during the Eid holidays, he decided "not to leave my locality and instead enjoy the verdant atmosphere of nearby parks in the evening and at night."

"It was a difficult choice this time as groups of dogs roamed around the parks, scaring my children. I think during occasions such as Eid holidays, dogs should be shooed away so that families can have peaceful outings within their residential areas," he said.

Chasing cars
Mathew, an automobile engineer resident of Ruwi, said at times it becomes difficult to drive a car in the Main Business District of Ruwi "as groups of dogs start chasing our cars, and it can cause accidents if one tries to reflexively swerve to avoid hitting a dog."

Amir, a student of Indian School Ghubra, said, "Every evening when I go for a walk from my house to the main road, a stretch of half a kilometre, I have to remain on tenterhooks, being extra careful due to the dogs roaming around."

"My younger brother, who is a little obese and needs to have a brisk walk, does not come along due to fear of dogs. Dogs actually chased him once when he was jogging, and people around him came to his help. After that, he stopped going out for a walk," he said.

Packs of dogs are a common sight in the open areas from Azaiba Roundabout to Ghubra Roundabout and adjoining residential areas.

"My neighbours keep complaining about it. At night, when they start barking, it becomes difficult to sleep. We have been facing this for a long time now, much before Ramadan. I do not send my wife and children outside to have a stroll or visit the nearby foodstuff shops due to this," said Ahmad Murad, an Egyptian company secretary who lives near the Ministry of Tourism's building in Al Ghubra.

Jayant Roy, a marketing executive in a readymade garments firm living in Mabela, said that authorities should prevent dogs from entering residential areas as they cause a lot of inconvenience to the people.

Some people find it unclean if they come in touch with a dog, particularly when they are visiting a mosque for prayers. There must be a civic plan against dogs roaming around everywhere creating nuisance, he said.

Maryam Al Lawati, a housewife living in Darsait, said, "When my children go out, they throw stones at the dogs to keep them away, but I hate the idea of hurting them as they too are living creatures. However, children sometimes handle the situation in a poor fashion. It is painful and it hurts, but what can one do? My seven-year-old son cannot go out to play nearby due to fear of dogs. His elder brothers teach him to carry stones to pelt at the dogs if they come closer."

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Ye this is a serious issue now, everywhere, in Darsit also. Authorities please plan some cation before it may be too late that some dogs may have rabis and start attacking people.

I agree with Krystal brown comments . we have to save them

This is so sad. Who cant sleep cz of dogs barking and dogs dont bark for hours continous . When humans harm animals its fine. Just because you are scared of a certain animal doesnt mean you should wipe them out . Then the same should have been done ages ago for animals living in the jungles , when the jungles were wiped out to build our cities. We humans and animals should co exist with other animals. Slowly humans are killing nature . There needs to be an animal welfare set up here. The solution is not always to kill. As other people have stated we can neuter and release . Completely disagree with this article

thanx oman times to rise that issue..municipality should control.

When people say "take measures" it translates into "kill". And that is a plain sin.

Animals attack when they have been harmed. So if we just stay out of their territory, they will stay of ours. I have dogs around my area and we have locals as well as expats living around. No one has had a problem till date. They are given food and not pelted with stones. And despite repeated robberies around the area, our street has been safe

I agree with Krystal Brown and Ali Shafqat. Spay and neuter dogs and cats and keep them in shelters.killing is not a solution. they deserve to live.

I agree with Krystal Brown.please spay and Neuter cats and dogs. and keep them in shelter. They have born. its not their mistake and deserve to live. wadi dogs bark for self protection only. they are scared of Humans.

I agree with what Krystal brown says. Can spay all cats and dogs and keep them in shelters. They have come to this Earth. That is not their mistake. Just help them to live. Ther come near garbage for food. what else they can do? Authorities just spay and neuter them and please let them to live. Wadi dogs are friendly.They bark for self protection. even i hear dog barks in nights .

I agree to what Krystal Brown says..Better spay and neuter all dogs and nd cats and can be kept in a shelter. They have come to the earth. Thats not their mistake.They have Five sense. Can forgive them.Even we also hearing dog barks but dont mind it.Municipality can just show grace and find shelters for them. Wadi dogs bark for self protection only

Yes I observed in Seeb area because of street dogs lot of problems , I will share which I am facing
1) Accident chances increasing because suddenly dog comes in front of your car
2) Whole night these dogs are continuously barking , we cannot take good sleep
3) Front of more than 10-15 dogs we cannot go mosque in Fajar time , horrible situation
4) I observed in front my building if any car come in night time10-15 dogs start barking at car & chasing, because of this driver give speed up the car which is very dangerous , accident can be happen
I complaint in Muscat Municipality 2 times, but no action, I think street dogs should not in city specially residence area , these dogs are not pets.

Perhaps now that the indigenous people have voiced a opinion about this situation something wil be done in the way of neutering and rehousing these poor creatures other countries in the Middle East have some sort of programme - Oman does not but it could

I live in North Ghubra near Grave Yard(adjacent to Mars Hyper Market) there are more than 10 street dogs roam in the night until Fajar Salat and they Scare me when I go to Masjid. I request the authorities to take immediate action.

Yes dog has posed danger to kids - joggers in Darsait. Once I helped a student who was chased by some dogs and the boys was screaming crying due to too many dogs. Municipality must do something about it.

I am facing a similar issue is AlKhoudh Way no 3912. The dogs have started attacking and running behind the children who ride bicycles in the evening. Also it is become difficult to go for a walk after 9 pm. request the authorities to do the needful.