The Punjab and Haryana high court o n Wednesday granted the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s (MC’s) medical officer a day’s time to explain the corporation’s claim of the city not having seen rabies cases in the last four days. The direction came after the petitioner Gurmukh Singh submitted that a Sector-18 resident, Navdeep Gupta, had died last year after being bitten by a rabid dog.
The petitioner, through his counsel Kunal Mulwani, also submitted that in another case on May 7 last year, a stray dog had died after biting over 15 people in Sector-20, spreading panic among the city residents, he claimed.
Observing that rabid dogs can terrorise a city more than terrorists, a bench headed by directed MC authorities to inform the court about t he development on the universal helpline for dog menace cases on the next date of hearing. The MC also informed the court on Wednesday that according to the report of the Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, the canine that had bitten over 15 persons on May 7 was rabid. Accepting People for Animals’ (PFA) request, justice Gupta also impleaded the non-government organization (NGO) as a party in the case.
‘Castration shocks our conscience’
Answering the court’s query raised on the last date of hearing, PFA informed the court that the exercise of sterlisation of dogs being carried out by NGOs in the city, including PFA, were according to the rules of animal welfare board of India.
However, justice Gupta said, “It shocks conscience of the court that castration is being done by PFA and you say you are people for animals. If you s ay that a dog’s aggressive behaviour comes down after castration, this does not cut ice.He added that agg ressive behaviour is in the mind “and thus has nothing to do with the castration”.
The counsel for PFA, however, submitted that studies proved that castration reduced a dog’s aggression. Joint MC Rajiv Kumar Gupta infor med the court that the corporation could only use the surgical procedures for animal birth control prescribed by the animal welfare board of India. “However, studies reveal alternate methodology for sterilisation of male dogs, whereby instead of removing male organs, they are injected with zinc gluconate neutralized with arginine which also sterilises the,” he said.