Punjab and Haryana High Court has recently ordered Chandigarh Municipal corporation to check the current population of stray dogs in each sector. Along with the Municipal Corporation, the task has been assigned to the to the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department of the Chandigarh Administration by the High court.
A petition was filed by Rav Pratap Singh through counsel Saurabh Arora. Justice Augustine George Masih issued the orders which included creating a sector-wise detailed report of the stray dog population along with the programme for their sterilization in accordance with the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001.
Directing the case to be fixed for December, Justice Masih added,
“In the meanwhile, the process of sterilization of stray dogs as per the 2001 Rules to be continued and a report in this regard needs to be submitted on the next date of hearing”.
As per a census carried out in 2012 by the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department the population of stray dog was 7,847. Since then 5 years have passed and the new figures totaling the population of the breed of Indian dogs in Chandigarh is still unknown.
Failure to check stray dog menace in the city
Not being able to put a check on the stray dog menace in the city, at the time of petition, UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal and former Municipal Commissioner B Purushartha were held in contempt loop.
Punjab and Haryana High Court has sent a notice to the above mentioned public officers, and one more person, seeking the initiation of contempt of court proceedings for “wilful disobedience” of court orders.
Saurabh Arora who helped filed the petition said that the High Court’s judgment dated April 28, 2015, in which the justice body had asked Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation to initiate a scheme to manage stray dog menace in the city in “letter and spirit”. Court had also issued directions for taking necessary steps by a formed committee to check the stray dog bites in the city. However, Arora claimed in the petition that a scheme was notified by the Chandigarh Administration in 2013, but it’s still not implemented.
Reference: The Tribune
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