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Surveys of the Street and Private Dog Population: Kalhaar Bungalows, Gujarat India

By Tamara Kartal, Amit Chaudhari

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This baseline survey was conducted on the 27th and 28th of November, 2017 to generate a dog population size estimate and collect baseline data on the composition of the dog population. We estimate that there are 48 street dogs in the Kalhaar Bungalows area (all the sectors of Kalhaar Bungalows). This translates to about 6 dogs per 100 residents in the Kalhaar Bungalows area. Sterilization rates were high with 90% of the dogs being sterilized and 84% of the female population. The street dog survey was conducted by walking along all the streets of the Kalhaar Bungalows. We teamed-up with local volunteers, who were aware of the location of each dog. A Sight Re-sight experiment was also conducted using photographs of 14 dogs with unique markings encountered on the first day. On the second day photographs were compared and matched if possible to generate a detectability. The resulting detectability of 0.9285 is very high. Body condition scores were overall good with no dogs showing signs of malnutrition or low body weight. Although November is the peak of the dog breeding season India, we only found one lactating female with days old puppies (pups are not included in the estimate because pups survival is very low). Skin conditions were absent except for one male dog who showed a skin infection.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date November 2017
Pages 14
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. India
  4. Mammals
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  6. Pets and companion animals
  7. stray animals
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