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HC asks MC whether dog sterlisation is under the rules

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to inform it whether the exercise of sterlisation and castration of dogs being car ried out by non-government organisation (NGOs) to reduce their population in the city is per mitted under the rules.

chandigarh Updated: May 23, 2014 15:32 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to inform it whether the exercise of sterlisation and castration of dogs being car ried out by non-government organisation (NGOs) to reduce their population in the city is per mitted under the rules.


The case has now been posted for next hearing to May 28.

The court headed by justice Rajan Gupta issued the directions after knowing that in case of dogs, castration was being done and in case of bitches, uterus and ovaries are removed.

The court also directed the UT home secretary to apprise the court on the next date of hearing about the development on making a universal helpline for dog bite like other emergency services namely fire brigade and ambulance on which the corporation had sent a communication to the department of telecommunication.

The court also directed the corporation to inform the court about the recent case on May 9 in which a stray dog had died after biting 15 people in Sector-20 on May 7.

The court asked whether the corporation had any information about the dog involved in the case being rabies affected.

When the court was informed that dog’s viscera was reported to have been sent for examination to the laboratory, the court directed the corporation to inform the status about the same.

Appearing for the corporation, UT’s senior standing counsel Sanjeev Sharma informed the court that at this stage other methods of reducing dog population were being looked into and the court would be informed.

The development took place during the hearing of a petition filed by a city resident Gurmukh Singh highlighting dog menace in the city.

STEPS TAKEN BY MC

Corporation’s joint commissioner Rajiv Kumar Gupta infor med the cour t that the corporation has reimbursed an amount of around 4.35 lakh to the NGOs since January last year till date for sterlisation and postoperative care of dogs.

The court was informed that the incinerator for diposal of dead dogs would be made functional within one year after the administration provides land.

The corporation feels that no necessity is there at present for holding anti rabies camps. It was also informed that the corporation has sufficient strength of 10 dog catchers.

The case has now been posted for next hearing to May 28.