Dog menace: Top officials, mayor get court notice

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2015 10:54 IST

Judicial magistrate Shilpi Gupta on Friday issued notice for May 4 to UT home-cum-health secretary, MC Chandigarh commissioner and city mayor to file reply on the petition on stray dog menace.

Following the incident of a stray dog injuring 13 persons, including seven children, in Manimajra on Wednesday, a city-based lawyer had moved the court.

In the petition, the petitioner has urged the court to issue directions to the UT administration to start sterilisation programme and catch the stray dogs to keep them in dog pounds to save human lives.

The petition stated that the authorities do not have any system in place to deal with the menace in the city.

The petitioner goes on to say that even the health institutes under the UT administration do not have latest vaccines, forcing the victim of dog bites to approach private hospitals where they have to shell `6,000 to `8,000 for vaccination.

panel to file report

City mayor Poonam Sharma on Friday constituted a committee of councillors and officers to prepare a detailed report within three days on stray dog menace.

After receiving telephonic confirmation and e-mail from minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi for discussing the issue regarding the menace in the city, the mayor said a panel of councillors and officials would represent a detailed report in the meeting scheduled to be held on April 1 in New Delhi.

She visited Manimajra areas in the evening.

She said the MC has signed a memorandum of understanding with Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Udgir in Maharashtra for running the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme in Chandigarh.

She said the SPCA, Udgir, will start its operation from April 6 in the 38-West hospital and minimum 16-20 dogs will be sterilised in a day under the programme.

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