Directions were given to residential societies in Noida and Greater Noida to establish dog feeding stations and begin immunization campaigns. The instructions were those made public on Tuesday by the Animal Welfare Board of India concerning, among other things, the usage of muzzles on dogs.
This action, was a result when a stray dog was attacked and injured by the owner of a Dogo Argentino in October of last year, leading Noida Police to file a negligence complaint against the owner. The proprietor was booked by authorities after numerous social media users voiced their concerns.
Focus on Vaccination Drives and multiple feeding Points
Establishing several dog feeding stations on society property, conducting vaccination drives, and assisting the government with sterilization initiatives was part of the order given by the District Magistrate’s office. This set of guidelines was sent to the Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs), Apartment Owners’ Associations (AOAs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in response to recent incidents of confrontations involving pet and stray dogs in housing complexes in Noida and Greater Noida.
The rules are those that the Animal Welfare Board of India released on Tuesday regarding different topics, including the usage of muzzles on dogs.
The guidelines according to the officials are following the advisory given by Manish Kumar Verma, District Magistrate, Noida in September last year. The guidelines were to prevent cruelty against animals, and orders to create feeding points in societies were as per the Animals Birth Control Rules, 2023, and various other orders passed by different courts.
These actions by societies eliminate the need to build dog parks specifically, having many feeding stations is preferable. In parts of the community with low population density, the AOA will choose these places after consulting with local feeders, according to a statement from the DM’s office.
The guidelines went on to state that all Apartment Owners’ Associations have to make sure the ABC guidelines and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 were adhered to. “Take the appropriate measures to ensure that the Animal Husbandry Department and the authorities cooperate.” Conduct sterilization and immunization initiatives,” it continued.
In support of Sterilization Initiatives
The guidelines also stress how crucial it is to support programs that promote sterilization. These programs, which are frequently managed by NGOs, are essential for controlling the number of stray dogs and reducing the likelihood of confrontation in residential areas. Housing societies may ensure that humans and canines live in harmony by means of supporting these activities.
The latest project in Noida and Greater Noida is a big step in the right direction for reducing conflict involving pet dogs of societies and stray dogs. These guidelines are expected to restrict stray dogs’ movement and avoid potential conflicts with societies. It also helps guarantee the safety of stray and pet dogs in residential neighborhoods. The call for action from the authorities is a step in the right direction for housing societies, urging them to take the initiative and actively support.